During the Summer winter, the new public space will feature a pavilion, food stands, a restaurant, changing rooms, multi-purpose rooms, seating, and outdoor furniture. and tin the winter, it will be transformed into an outdoor refrigerated ice rink.
Construction is scheduled to start in the fall and it will be complete by fall 2019.
The City of Montreal has announced that it will be moving forward with investments on seven projects that were selected by Montrealers.
The investment will come from the city's first-ever participatory budget, which allowed citizens to choose their favourite projects.
Over a two-year period, $10 million will go to seven projects that got the most overall votes from the population. Six projects will be spread out over 14 boroughs and one project will encompass the entire territory of Montreal.
"What emerges from the selected projects is the importance that people place on improving their living environment, protecting nature in the city and reclaiming public spaces for the benefit of the entire population," Mayor Valérie Plante said in a statement.
The following projects were selected for investment:
A budget of $2.7 million will be used for building more than 125 water fountains that will allow for refilling reusable water bottles in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, Mercier–Hochelaga–Maisonneuve, Outremont, Saint-Léonard and Ville-Marie.
The city has unveiled a new all-seasons public square in downtown Montreal that will have spots to hang out, an ice skating rink in the winter, and even an "urban chalet" with restaurants and "creative spaces," according to Mayor Valérie Plante.
In a statement, the mayor said the new Esplanade Tranquille will be the "new flagship destination" of the Quartier des Spectacles.
"This project allows us to transform a heat island into a place of relaxation and entertainment for the entire population, which will allow Montreal and its downtown area to shine throughout the year, thanks to mobile facilities that meet the needs of Montreal families," the mayor said.
Located west of rue Clark between rues Sainte-Catherine and de Montigny, the 5,000-square-metre public square will be "transformed according to the seasons."
It will feature a green space and hangout spots during the summer. In the winter, the Esplanade Tranquille will turn into a winter wonderland complete with a huge refrigerated skating rink.
"This new multi-purpose space is a perfect complement to our existing infrastructures and will make it possible to meet the multiple uses of festivals and events and to offer Montrealers a new place to gather," Monique Simard, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, added.
A full 5,000 square metres in size, the project will provide Montrealers with a public skating rink in the winter (November to March), then turning into a lush terrace once it’s warm enough.
Montreal’s Mayor Denis Coderre was on-site to break ground yesterday, praising the project and saying how it will create a multitude of employment opportunities, reports CTV.
With a price tag of $67.1 million, Esplanade Clark will be made into a more laid back and relaxed alternative to the busy nature of Place des Festivals; a space where families can relax and couples can have one of those classically cute moments that only happen when ice skating.
A terrace will be set up right alongside the ice rink, which will be attached to a restaurant and an indoor public space.
Here, visitors of Esplanade Clark will be able to buy food and (more importantly) alcoholic drinks. The City of Montreal says that people can also bring their own food and beverages (probably not the alcoholic kind), too.
During the warmer months, all of the aformentioned amenities will be open, with the skating rink converted into a huge terrace. Plenty of public seating will be added, as will grassy areas and tons of plants to create a fresh and vibrant vibe.
Esplanade Clark is set to be finished by fall 2019.