A beach in Montréal
From September of 1989 to June, 1990, the City of Montréal and Mayor Jean Doré, in collaboration with a team from the Botanical Gardens, made Parc Jean‑Drapeau's Beach a reality: a swimming place in an urban setting that, 60 years earlier, was the brainchild of landscape architect Frederick Todd.
By the numbers:
- A lake with a surface area of 122,000 square metres (the swimming area takes up 15,000 square metres of this space)
- A beach that is 600 metres long and 25 metres wide
- Approximately 30,000 tons of sand
- More than 500 trees
- More than 2,500 shrubs
The water, drawn from the Saint Lawrence River, is filtered by 120,000 water plants (bullrushes, reeds, multi‑coloured irises, watercress, pectinated pondweed, etc.) situated in the marshes and spread out into a set of three ponds. With different water levels, the ponds ensure the water trickles slowly over the course of more than 2 days. There are also sand filters and an ultraviolet treatment that complete the filtration process, thereby providing quality water.
A lake, marshes... what an ecosystem!
In addition to welcoming swimmers from all walks of life, this area of île Notre‑Dame is an ecosystem that accommodates a broad biodiversity. Along with numerous plant species, there's an impressive array of ducks, birds, groundhogs and even foxes!
To mark its 25th anniversary in 2015, Parc Jean-Drapeau's Beach has been renamed in honour of the mayor at the time, the man who initiated and managed the project: Jean-Doré Beach.