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Situational status and approach

Société du parc Jean-Drapeau Management Plan

A plan to ensure the Parc's longevity

In the spring of 2016, the City of Montréal's Executive Committee mandated the SPJD's board of directors to draft a Management Plan for Parc Jean-Drapeau. A plan that would enable the Parc to have a clear vision and strong identity, to meet local and global societal trends.

A clear vision


By encouraging the "return to the idea of a big urban, animated, green and blue park," the Plan reconnects to the Parc's history and the orientations of the initial management plan.


By emphasizing the Parc's insular feature, its belonging to the Hochelaga Archipelago, the Plan connects and establishes a continuity linking the islands to Vieux-Montréal, the downtown core and the top of Mount Royal.


Through innovative sustainable development and conservation practices, along with design work that is as well conceived, integrated and structural as that of Expo 67, Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands will be one of the most renowned urban public parks in North America.

Planning approach

In this vein, the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau steered its approach in a participative manner, by drawing on the latest trends in the area of governance, citizen appropriation of public spaces and social innovation.


  • Document
  • Analyze
  • Diagnose
  • Converge


  • Co-create
  • Consult
  • Work together
  • Plan


  • Prioritize
  • Validate
  • Structure
  • Write and design
  • Inform


  • Adopt
  • Implement


Parc Jean-Drapeau handed back and unveiled to citizens.

Please go to the OCPM website to consult the full Report and its 20 recommendations.

This consultation was one of the largest in the OCPM's history in terms of duration and participation. In a perspective of re-appropriation and promoting the attributes of this iconic space, we invited citizens to take part in an unprecedented exercise of vision and creativity, conducted in four stages. More than 6,000 people contributed online, attended or participated in the various workshops, theme nights, information sessions and hearings to share their opinions. Société du parc Jean-Drapeau board members, insular partners, cultural and sports activity organizers and people in charge of recreation-tourist associations were met in pre-consultation to get a better grasp of their specific needs and assess their expectations of the future management plan.

The activities, which were held throughout the summer in the Parc, allowed us to get an on-site sampling of opinion of some 1,000 people. The commission received close to 200 written opinions and (heard) some 50 oral presentations. This remarkable mobilization attests to the interest of the population for this place, for which Montrealers and Quebecers still have fond memories.

Dominique Ollivier

President of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal

Parc Jean-Drapeau's
recurring challenges

Many problems have been noted at the Parc over the last 40 years. And many are ongoing problems, of which we must be mindful in the planning and managing of the Parc. Thus, the Management Plan must ensure it proposes solutions so these recurring problems are resolved.

  • Numerous vocations, a complex co-existence
  • Riverbanks and relationship to water are under-valued
  • An unheralded park, strong attributes
  • A disjointed plant covering
  • An overlooked cultural and historical heritage
  • Sports assets that do not get the recognition they deserve
  • A mobility arrangement that detracts from the park experience
  • An open governance
  • A funding model which needs to be re-thought

Modern-day challenges
for major urban parks

Throughout the world, major urban parks and their managers need to know how to adapt to the various realities in order to continue to offer spaces which meet the needs of the population and societal trends. Parc Jean-Drapeau is no exception to this reality. Among the challenges for which the Plan will try to provide solutions:

  • Staging major events and their equipment
  • The evolution of needs and community mobilization
  • Ecological value and resilience to climate change
  • Cultural value and collective identity
  • Planning, governance and funding
  • The broad diversity of landscapes
  • Democracy, accessibility and reconciliation
  • The outdatedness of the park building assets