Residents of Montreal’s South West will soon have the opportunity to permanent trace on their lived environment – the city of Montreal is launching an open call for ideas to help design three new parks in Griffintown!
The parks are located at the following intersections:
- Corner of Saint-Thomas and Ottawa streets (Park A)
- Corner of Peel and Ottawa streets (Park B)
- Corner of Ann and Ottawa streets (Park C)
Montreal city will be hosting a workshop in March, open to the public, in which residents can help name and co-design the new marks.
The first meeting, a co-design workshop on March 21, will allow residents to brainstorm ideas together. The second one, later in spring, will unveil the final sketches to the public.
The high levels of construction in Griffintown has caused concern among residents, especially regarding the issue of green and public spaces.
Southwest borough mayor Benoit Dorais said, in an interview with CBC, that Griffintown’s residents have already been enthusiastically offering their ideas surrounding the parks.
Hundreds of Montreal residents attended the first consultation, and brought a variety of visions to the table. Among the ideas, sport fields and play areas for kids were in popular demand.
“The participatory approach we have decided to undertake is the ideal opportunity to achieve a green project that clearly meets the aspirations of citizens, while taking into account their needs,” Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said in a statement.
The balance between public green spaces and residential development has been a hot topic in Montreal over the past month, with residents in the Plateau fighting for expropriation of the historic Notman Gardens.