Île Ste-Hélène, the site of so many magical summer events (Picnik Electronik, Osheaga, La Ronde, etc.) is going to get some pretty fantastic additions and reconstructions, which will make the island even more epic. Still, certain people, specificially Montreal's mayor, aren't exactly pumped up for the makeover.
In total, Île Ste-Hélène's beautification will cost $55 million, according to the plan referenced by the Gazette, which will include:
- A waterfront promenade along the St. Lawrence River - $22.5 million
- A main promenade that will connect the metro station to the water - $18.4 million
- Restoration of Places des Nations - $12.5 million
- More grass everywhere, so there isn't as much mud at jam-packed events - $1.6 million
All of these additions are set to be done by 2017, the date of Montreal's 375th birthday.
Not that were keeping track, but along with this remodeling, Montreal is also supposed to get an improved Viger Square, a floating campground, an above ground bus-metro station, and full cellphone service in the metro by 2017. Oh, and the city plans to become the world's smartest city by then too. That's quite the list for only three years to get it all done.
Everything planned for Île Ste-Hélène sounds great, but Denis Coderre is a little worried about the project going over-budget, as the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau (the organization heading the makeover) has done in the past. Out of the entire project, Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau will fund $20 million, the remainder will come out of Quebec's pockets.
In truth, it doesn't matter who pays for it, as long as it all gets done. A waterside promenade would be epic, and we don't need another mud party like last year's Osheaga.