Office de consultation publique de Montréal

Office de consultation publique de Montréal
City of Montreal

City of Montreal

September 10, 2007 14:00 ET

Public Consultation Announcement for Two Major Redevelopment Projects in Parc du Mont-Royal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2007) - Ms. Helen Fotopulos, mayor of the borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal and member of the executive committee, responsible for the environment, parks, green and blue spaces, Mount Royal and women's issues, and Ms. Louise Roy, president of the Office de consultation publique de Montreal, announced today that a consultation will be held with Montreal citizens on redevelopment projects proposed by the Montreal Administration for two sections of Parc du mont Royal.

The first project aims to complete the restoration of the Lac aux Castors sector by redeveloping the playing field and picnic area. This segment of the park, dubbed "la Clairiere" by its designer, has always served as an area for activities and gatherings. The City plans to replace the current facilities, dating back to the 1960s, and to make this a pleasant locale for family activities while respecting its status as part of a major ecological corridor.

The other project to be submitted for consultation concerns the Peel entrance to the park. It is the main pedestrian access to the mountain from downtown, although very few people are aware of this. The work to be done aims to showcase the entryway while preserving the natural character of the area, a refuge from the bustle of the city. Stairs will provide access to the park summit, while a path will still allow entrance to the park. Some form of artistic endeavour could also be integrated into the park.

These important projects will be examined over the coming weeks. "Montrealers have a special attachment to the park and the mountain. This is why our Administration is delighted to enjoy the cooperation and competence of the Office de consultation publique de Montreal to organize the consultation," says Ms. Fotopulos.

In view of the citizens' attachment to and interest in the park, the jewel of the historic and natural borough of Mont Royal, the Office de consultation publique will organize an innovative consultation to reach Montrealers who use the park in great numbers. To that end, the consultation will pitch its tent in the clearing on Sundays, September 16 and 23. Presentations on the plans for the playing field will be held three times on both days, at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Citizens can hear City representatives and view boards presenting the project. They can also fill out a questionnaire on site about their opinions of the proposals tabled by the City.

With respect to the Peel entrance, residents are invited to attend an information session at the offices of the Office, 1550 Metcalfe Street, 14th floor, on Thursday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. More than 15,000 flyers will have been previously distributed in the area and, here again, questionnaires will be available on site.

Moreover, all documents explaining the two projects are now available on the Office Web site, www.ocpm.qc.ca and citizens who cannot participate in the activities at the park or at the Office are welcome to fill out the questionnaire on line.

"In this way, the OCPM seeks, through an open, easy and accessible consultation, to reach the maximum number of park users, thereby allowing them to have a hand in deciding the future of our city's main park, a place for relaxation and recreation for hundreds of thousands of residents," says Ms. Roy.

Following the consultation, the OCPM will study the comments and opinions received from citizens and groups interested in the development of Parc du mont Royal. A report will then be filed with the executive committee of the City, including recommendations inspired by the consultation.

Contact Information

  • Office de consultation publique de Montreal
    Luc Doray
    514-872-3568
    514-977-8365
    or
    Ville de Montreal
    Edith Pariseau
    514-872-4181