Montrealers will soon have a new park from which to enjoy summer festivities such as the Jazz Fest and Just For Laughs.
The green space will be located in the Quartier des Spectacle’s parking lot between Maisonneuve Blvd, President-Kennedy Av. and Jeanne-Mance, in a lot previously promised to McCord Museum.
It is part of Mayor Valérie Plante’s plan to make up for the loss of the Jardin Domtar, a public park that was replaced by a condo project.
Consultations with the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre are expected to start this summer and span until the end of the year.
The city wants to increase green space downtown “to offer residents, workers and visitors a new place to relax in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles (…) We are committed to making Montreal a greener city. With this new space, we will continue the fight against heat islands,” Plante said in a press release.
Heat islands occur when large areas predominantly consisting of concrete heat up and increase the temperature of the surrounding area. Waves of heat in a city can negatively impact the health of its residents and visitors.
The park replaces previous plans for Musée McCord’s expansion into a new location. The museum has run out of space at its current location across of McGill University, and has been scouting potential real estate opportunities downtown. Despite raised hopes for the lot in the Quartier des Spectacles, it will now need to resume its search.
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