- The city of Montreal has purchased a huge plot of land that will become part of le Grand Parc de l'Ouest, which will one day be the largest urban park in Canada.
- The enormous new park will be an agglomeration of existing parks and undeveloped private land.
Montreal's executive committee just approved the purchase of close to 10 hectares of land from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, to be included in the new Grand Parc de l'Ouest.
Mayor Valérie Plante announced plans for the park this summer. The park will agglomerate 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. It will be the largest urban park in Canada and eight-times larger than New York City's Central Park.
The administration wanted to cease the development of a 5,500 unit condo complex because the area is in a high-risk flood zone. Today, it was confirmed that city officials approved a $5.1-million land purchase in from Grilli, a local real estate developer.
According to Mayor Plante, "this initiative is part of our desire to protect 10% of the surface area of Montreal and aims to conserve and protect in perpetuity the natural areas of the West Island of Montreal."
The project has also received the seal of approval from the Liberal government and Justin Trudeau with a $50,000,000 federal investment.
The Prime Minister says that the park will "protect and enhance several irreplaceable wetlands, in addition to upgrading stormwater outfalls in order to better protect neighbouring communities against spring floods."
The park will cover 30-square kilometres of the West Island and Île-Bizard. The city has been consulting with experts on how to best proceed with the park ever since it was first announced in August.
The city has committed to this project in an effort to protect rare wetlands and combat the effects of climate change.
In a statement, the mayor said that "Montreal is stepping up its efforts to provide resilient and sustainable living environments."
Despite facing legal complications from developers in the past, with this new land purchase, the park can proceed according to plan.
The planned area is under high flood risk, according to the Quebec government.
Development of the surrounding wetlands will need to be carefully planned, to better accommodate the public.
According to a statement, the project will include "pumping stations and valves, [that] will help prevent spring flooding from the Rivière des Prairies in the areas of Chemin de la Rive-Boisée, Boulevard Jacques-Bizard, Boulevard Pierrefonds, and Boulevard Gouin."
It will also include "organic vegetable farms, walking and cycling trails, and a river shuttle linking Île-Bizard to Pierrefonds-Ouest."
There is no official timeline for when the park will be complete.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Grand Parc de l'Ouest!
New Montreal Park — Grand Parc de l'Ouest
3,000-hectares, making it the largest urban park in Canada.
Will amalgamate Anse-à-l'Orme, Bois-de-L'Ile-Bizard, Bois-de-la-Roche, Cap-Saint-Jacques and Rapides-du-Cheval-Blanc
The park is being built to combat the effects of climate change.
Rare wetland and natural environment protection and conservation are the top priorities.
The city will consult and evaluate the needs and expectations this fall.