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The restoration of the plaine des Jeux (Playground) is one of the cornerstone projects of Parc Jean-Drapeau's Management and Development Plan! Renovations to the Playground's chalet and the picnic shelter have been underway since May 2022 and are ongoing to restore its open access to the public.
These two heritage buildings on Île Sainte-Hélène have a special place in the Parc and enhancing their profile is a worthy venture because they herald back to the first military occupations on the island.
The emphasis is on the restoration of the Playground Chalet's outer envelope, which is clad in breccia stone extracted from the island itself, and its copper roofing.
The indoor spaces are completely renovated so they are more open, functional and accessible. Sustainable and noble material, such as wood, will turn the chalet into a cozy refuge. The complete replacing of the windows and the adding of a skylight will bring natural lighting into the building.
From atop the stone bleachers overlooking the Playground, the chalet opens onto to a new slate-slab terrace, erected between the building and steps. Complemented by tables, the area will have an uninterrupted view of the Playground's grassland and an outstanding panorama of downtown Montréal.
The picnic shelter is also restored and turns into a more cordial place to visit! A slate terrace is built, with a host of furnishings set up on the premises: a circular bench, drinking fountain, trash, recycling and composting bins, a counter and community barbecue.
A revitalized landscape
The landscape layout surrounding these two buildings will be enhanced by the adding of urban furniture, lighting and wood foot bridges. The vegetation covering will be preserved and diversified by planting many types of tree species, of varying sizes.
May 2022 to
|Impact||The Chalet de la plaine will not be open to the public while the work is going on.|
August 2023 to
|Status||Has not started|
Here are a few photos of the plaine des Jeux, just to give you an overview of the place.
Discover the 16 photos of the album!
Video clip on the work at the Parc Jean-Drapeau's plaine des Jeux.
To obtain more details or for any request for information, do not hesitate to contact our staff.
To make it easier to get around, here is the exact location of the plaine des Jeux at Parc Jean-Drapeau posted on Google Maps.
The Jean-Drapeau subway station is located on Île Sainte-Hélène, in the heart of Parc Jean-Drapeau. To get to the Parc easily and quickly, the subway is still the best way to go!
During the summer season, Parc Jean-Drapeau visitors can use the river shuttle as a means of transportation, from the Vieux-Port de Montréal (Jacques-Cartier pier) and the city of Longueuil.
Users can also bring along their bikes and they have access to a network of cycling paths at each stop.
Two STM shuttles provide a connection between the Jean-Drapeau subway station and various attractions:
To find out about STM shuttle routes and schedules, click here.
The Parc is one of the few places where you can cross the Saint Lawrence River on your bike: simply take the bike paths of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Concorde Bridge or the Bike link.
People can enjoy many of the cycling paths to get to or pass through the Parc Jean-Drapeau, either running or walking.
With more than 25 kilometres of trails and pathways, the Parc is a pleasant spot for hiking, all year round.
Motorists can get to Parc Jean-Drapeau by taking the Jacques Cartier Bridge or the Concorde Bridge.
Nearby parking areas: P7, P9, P10
Parking passes are available for the P7.
You can reserve a taxi for your travels at the Parc by using a valid STM transport fare (ticket or OPUS card).
|September 3 to June 23|
|Monday to Sunday||6:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.|
You need to reserve 30 minutes beforehand whenever you want to use this service : 514 273-6331 or online form
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