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2020-2030 Conservation, Design and Development Management Plan

A Parc
bigger than
the great outdoors

Parc Jean-Drapeau's 2020-2030 Conservation, Design and Development Management Plan is the result of an in-depth initiative which has enabled a look into the future, a rethinking of the Parc's overall offer to embrace all the assets it provides.

The Plan is also the culmination of a remarkable collaborative effort based on collective intelligence. Throughout the development process of this Management Plan, the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD) granted considerable leeway to this concerted effort by involving representatives from all spheres of endeavour, including the civil society sector, Montréal's municipal services, the Parc's board of directors and staff, insular partners, event organizers, sports federations and universities, all of whom are interested in the future of the Parc.

Users are central
to the overall experience

The Plan is in keeping with the immense potential of this outstanding public park and it conveys the SPJD's commitment to sustainably contribute to the enhancement of its premises, equipment and natural, cultural and built heritage.

Innovating to stand out, steering an organizational shift, listening to citizens and providing distinctive experiences for users, both locally and beyond: these are the challenges over the coming years to turn Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands into a park that's bigger than the great outdoors.

A
mobilizing
project

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Valérie Plante
Robert Beaudry
Renaud Coulombe
Isabelle Bonneau

Public parks are vital for the quality of life of urbanites. For many, public parks offer a unique access to nature and an incomparable place for socializing.

This makes it all important to act, to make Parc Jean-Drapeau an environment that is safe, accommodating, authentic, accessible, and, of course, eco-responsible.

Valérie Plante

Mayor of Montréal

The Management Plan proposes strong actions to enable the achievement of major projects and the sensible addressing of pertinent issues, notably climate change, accessibility, mobility, responsible procurement, community participation and social inclusion.

The Plan will also be able to define the crucial needs of a nearby park and the advantages of a modern urban park, of which the Montréal population will be proud.

Robert Beaudry

City councillor - District of Saint-Jacques, Executive committee member, Responsible for economic and commercial development, housing, large parks and Parc Jean-Drapeau.

This Plan is in line with the immense potential of this great urban public park. Innovating to be distinctive, steering an organizational shift, listening to visitors from near and far: these are the challenges over the coming years to turn Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands into a park bigger than the great outdoors.

Renaud Coulombe

Chairman, Board of Directors

This Plan, which is the culmination of a remarkable collective effort, projects us into the future, and I am happy to be able to help in writing the next chapters.

By combining our efforts, we will together be able to achieve the objectives we have set and thereby ensure the longevity of Parc Jean-Drapeau and make it "a great insular and sustainable urban park", a must-visit destination and a source of exceeding pride for Montréal!

Isabelle Bonneau

Director General

A Parc
in the likeness
of its city

Parc Jean-Drapeau is at the heart of a vibrant city known for its creativity, design and quality of life. This Montréal spirit is exemplified in innovative approaches and solutions that will align to strengthen these specific identity characteristics.

Spurred by an undeniable willingness to put sociability, citizenship, democracy, sustainability, ecology and culture in the forefront, Parc Jean-Drapeau will become, over the next decade, one of Montréal's emblematic parks, and one of the mostly highly-regarded contemporary parks in the entire country.

Explore the plan

Be inspired

The various chapters will provide an understanding of how the Plan development process unfolded, the issues and challenges that need to be met, the Parc's history and evolution, and the principles that will be the cornerstones for the management, involvement and the means to implement the organizational and spatial changes.

To discover the entire Management Plan, we invite you to read through the 8 chapters that comprise the Plan:

Lexicon

Feel free to check the lexicon to familiarize yourself with some of the specialized words or expressions that are used in the Management Plan context.

Lexicon 336 KB
(French only)

Summary

Consult the abridged version of the Management Plan to learn about the major orientations and to get all the details about the development, as well as the design and conservation plan.

Summary 21 MB
(French only)

Full document

You can download a full copy of the Management Plan, which will allow you to check it offline and read through it without any interruption.

Management Plan 193 MB
(French only)

By
and for
citizens!

The 2020-2030 Conservation, Design and Development Management Plan was, first and foremost, designed by and for citizens, and we are enthusiastically looking forward to joining them in leading the transformation of the Parc. The SPJD and City of Montréal teams not only realize the extent of the task at hand, they are confident in their ability to achieve the new vision the SPJD is taking on.

Inspired by an indisputable willingness to emphasize sociability, citizenship, democracy, sustainability, ecology and culture, the Parc will unveil all its intricacies through governance, innovation, an experience and an overall layout that will be examples to follow. This Management Plan will provide a breath of creative spirit which will make the new Parc Jean-Drapeau a great and emblematic urban public park, a laboratory of experimentation and a major metropolitan influencer.

A
promising
future

As it moves closer to celebrating a century and a half of existence, Parc Jean-Drapeau is reaching a crucial time in its history and it is reinventing itself so it can meet the needs of our society and fulfill the expectations of the citizens of Montréal.

Achieving the Société's new mission is being done through a strategic framework incorporating objectives and targets designed to enable the SPJD's staff and partners to gradually transform the Parc as the years go along. The Société will fulfill its mission in line with its vision, doing so through the guidelines in terms of sustainable development, conservation, citizens' experience, innovation, open governance and reconciliation, and through areas of development for set-up, mobility, infrastructures and buildings, programming, sports and outdoor activities.

The success of implementing this new Management Plan will be contingent on many conditions, the first of which will be the defining of a long-term vision based around changing the culture, a strong and mobilizing leadership by upper management and the agents of change, creating and maintaining a bond of confidence between the stakeholders and, of course, sufficient investments, in both time and money.

In the future, all the initiatives and projects at Parc Jean-Drapeau will be aimed at a common good, at making a collective space accessible to everyone, a park which is central to people's daily lives. Parc Jean-Drapeau aspires to be on the cutting edge, open as much as possible to trends in society and becoming a reference for best practices, both locally and internationally.

Parc Jean-Drapeau will become an indispensable place in Montréal through open and participative governance, a one-of-a-kind citizen experience and a diversity of landscape which meets Montrealers' aspirations and the transitional needs of our society. And, how could it be otherwise for a great urban park in the 21st century?

Frequently Asked Questions

Accessibility

  • In the future, will it still be possible to get to Parc Jean-Drapeau by car?

    Yes, it will still be possible to get to Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands by car, even beyond 2030. The Management Plan foresees reducing the footprint of the parking areas that are currently spread out in various places, and which take up a lot of asphalted space. The plan is to centralize them into various mobility areas, notably near the Casino and La Ronde.

  • When will some of the parking lots be removed?

    The various work related to the Management Plan is being scheduled in many production phases and they were designed so they would have the least possible impact on the Parc's visitors and activities and ensure accessibility to the Parc. You can find all the details about the phases and production in the Phasing and funding section of our website. The Parc's staff will keep visitors and all its partners informed about the work which will be going on.

  • Why remove car access to the Parc and eliminate these parking areas?

    There will still be car access to the two islands. During the public consultations held on the future of Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montrealers told us about the increased presence of parking areas in the Parc and the omnipresence of the car. What the Plan is aiming to do is reduce the footprint of the parking areas and consolidate them into certain areas to give back the green spaces to Parc users.

    And, as was the case, notably at Expo 67, we want the users' park-wide mobility to become an attraction for coming to the site. Moreover, we know that part of the response to the current climate crisis is through the deployment of sustainable mobility.

  • Have you thought about parking areas during major events?

    Yes, we have. All the Parc's partners are involved in the thought process and the implementing of various arrangements related to mobility. Many studies have been conducted and various aspects are still being analyzed to consider visitors' needs, transportation habits and traffic at different key periods.

  • Are measures being planned to ensure universal accessibility to the various developments?

    Yes, universal accessibility and social inclusion are at the core of our deliberations regarding the developments set out in Parc Jean-Drapeau's Management Plan. We want all the facilities and developments to be accessible to everyone.


Major events

  • Does the new Management Plan mean this is the end of major events and festivals at Parc Jean-Drapeau?

    No, quite the opposite, in fact! Major events have been part of Parc Jean-Drapeau's DNA since Expo 67, and it will continue to be with this Management Plan. Already, $133 million has been invested to implement world-class infrastructures such as the new paddocks for the Canadian Grand Prix and Espace 67 for the major events.

    Revitalizing Place des Nations will also enable the accommodating of 7,000 people for concerts or other events, along with other places specially set up to host events. The objective of the Plan is to strike a better balance between the Parc's various uses.

    This is what is planned: ensure world-class infrastructures for the major events and private promoters and give back the Parc's natural spaces to fulfill its vocation as a great urban park, for the benefit of visitors and citizens.

Design, phasing, budget and funding

  • Will the work extend right up to 2030? And how much is all this going to cost?

    The Management Plan proposes a vision over the next 10 years for the conservation, design and development of the Parc. Many production phases are in the Plan for the various development projects. You can find out all the details about these phases on our website in the Phasing and funding section. It also has all the details on cost estimates for the overall plan. Parc Jean-Drapeau's will keep its partners involved and informed as the production and development of these various projects go along.

  • What are the decisions in this Plan based on?

    Parc Jean-Drapeau's 2020-2030 Conservation, Design and Development Management Plan is the culmination of more than three years of work, research, studies and, particularly, a public consultation that brought together some 6,000 people, the biggest consultation ever conducted by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM). The orientations, the vision and the developments set out in this Plan are the result of an incomparable citizens' thought process! All the Parc's partners and Montrealers will continue to be involved in the fulfillment of this Plan.


The future of certain facilities

  • What is going to happen to the Stewart Museum?

    The Stewart Museum contains a huge part of the history of île Sainte-Hélène. We have started a major thought process about the new vocation of the fort since its closure. An announcement will be made once we have established a clear and definitive vision.

  • What is going to happen to the Biosphere?

    On April 12, 2021, Canadian Heritage, the Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques and the City of Montréal announced it is bringing the Biosphere's operations into the City of Montréal`s Space for Life Museum. The Biosphere, which is the only environment museum in North America, will be able to resume its activities once its integration into the City of Montréal`s operations is completed and once the circumstances relating to the COVID-19 pandemic allow a safe return for Biosphere staff and visitors.

    More details


Sports practice

  • Is the space devoted to practicing sports going to remain the same?

    Yes, we hope to preserve the top-notch, high-calibre infrastructures for committed and casual sports enthusiasts alike. Many kilometres of walking and biking trails are going to be added, and new sports practices are going to be encouraged (cross-country skiing and skating, for example). Many all-purpose trails and bike paths on the islands and their perimeter are going to be added.

  • Are there going to be any facilities for the practice of all-season sports?

    We are fortunate in that we are already able to count on top-notch sports infrastructures. The objective is to maximize the use and develop the practice of winter sports activities. We already tried out some winter sports activities in 2020 with a new offer (cross-country skiing, fat bike, skating, snowshoeing, trails set up, bird watching places, etc.).

    Many all-purpose trails and bike paths on the islands and their perimeter are going to be added, so that people will be able to do sports and outdoor activities all year long. We are also planning to turn the canals on île Notre-Dame into a skating rink in the wintertime.

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Credits and acknowledgments

The production of Parc Jean-Drapeau's 2020-2030 Conservation, Design and Development Management Plan has ben made possible through the tireless efforts of the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD) board of directors, the assistance of the SPJD management committee and the diligent work by the Parc Jean-Drapeau teams, architectural consultants, and consultants in the field of biology, sustainable development, lighting and engineering.

We extend a special thanks to the Montréal population and Parc Jean-Drapeau users who, during the public consultation conducted by the OCPM, generously contributed to this ambitious project designed to make Parc Jean-Drapeau a shared common asset, an exceptional place and an incomparable great urban park.

We cordially thank our various collaborators and everyone who engaged in this process.


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