Mayor Valérie Plante is advocating for the cancellation of a condo development in order to create a massive new public park.\nIf completed, the park would be the largest of its kind in Canada and 8 times larger than Central Park in New York\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nMayor Valérie Plante and the city of Montreal want to stop condo construction on part of the island and turn the land into the the largest urban park in Canada instead.\nSeveral developers have put together a 5,500 unit condo development for part of West Island. The problem with the condos' location is that they are located in area deemed high risk areas, according to the new provincial flood map.\nThe municipal administration is advocating for the cancellation of this project in favour of new public space that would link together the l’Anse-à-l’Orme park, the Bois-de-la-Roche park and the Cap-Saint-Jacques, as well as other non-protected areas.\nLand acquisitions would have to be made in these areas to make the project possible.\nEditor's Choice: You Can Get A FREE McDonald's Big Mac Delivered In Montreal This Week\nIn total, the park would measure more than 3,000 hectares. That is over 8 times bigger than Central Park, which measures 341 hectares.\nView this post on Instagram Valerie Plante has just announced the development of the largest municipal park in Canada! Thirty kilometers squared of protected land including wetlands, beaches, forests and fields. The city will be discussing with developers who wanted to build condos on the flood zones about how to make this amazing vision a reality. "We live on an island" should be the take away from this decision. We rarely turn developed land into green space but more often than not we turn green space into development. By protecting these lands we are ensuring a protected area for generations to come and a healthier, happier population. Mme Plante suggests using the land for urban farming, beach camping, bicycle paths with a ferry to Ile Blizzard and partnerships with schools and organizations. In addition to the health benefits of living around a green space and the eco-tourism potential of the park the area has a large portion of wetlands within it. Wetlands are natural sponges that help alleviate the damage caused by flooding as well as provide a habitat for a diverse set of species. Congratulations @val_plante for realizing that decisions need to be made with a long term vision. Too often politicians are focused on short term results based on the time they serve. Unfortunately many problems require long term solutions, climate change being one of those. #valerieplante #montrealpolitics #montreal #montrealflood2019 #montrealflood #villedemontreal #greenspace #urbanpark #wetlands #lansealorme #capstjacques #protectearth A post shared by Milan (@mnightchameleon) on Aug 8, 2019 at 9:01am PDT\nGoogle Maps\nValérie Plante declared at a press confrence earlier today that this is the biggest park creation gesture since the creation of the Mont-Royal Park, reports Journal Métro.\nREAD ALSO: Quebec Government Warns Of Another Measles Case On North Shore, Members Of The Public Possibly Exposed\nThough the city believes that there may be legal challenges from the condo developers, they feel that they will be able to come to a compromise with the real estate developers.\nI am proud to announce a major concrete action by our administration to preserve wetlands and biodiversity, namely the creation of a huge urban park on the West Island of Montreal, which will become the largest municipal park in the country! #polmtl— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) August 8, 2019\nAs of right now, there is no estimate as to how much this project would cost. One can assume that the cost will depend on the price of component land parcels and associated legal fees.\nThe project will not be set in stone for several more months, as public consultations and other steps will need to be taken before the project officially gets underway.