Tired of all that dirt on your feet when enjoying a show at Osheaga, or the giant mud-pool that happens anytime it rains during a major event at Parc Jean-Drapeau? Yeah, we all are, but good news everyone! The city of Montreal has just given go-ahead for a huge outdoor amphitheater to be built at the park, with a price tag of $30 million.
Mayor Denis Coderre is touching upon the project at a press conference held today, and will go into a bit more detail on the redevelopment of Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène. But some preliminary details have already been released, so here's what to get excited about.
According to La Presse, the new "natural amphitheater" will be able to hold 65, 000 people, and will be created specifically for the purpose of making major shows and festivals more enjoyable for attendees. Preliminary sketches show that the amphitheater will be built so that viewers can see the skyline of Montreal behind musicians, which could make nighttime performances a bit more dynamic.
Originally, this new construction was supposed to be built for 2017, to coincide with Montreal's 375th anniversary. But as with all things built in Montreal, the project has been delayed, and now the completion date is being pushed back to 2019.
2019 is a ways away, but you should definitely look forward to it, as the amphitheater is only on feature of an entire redevelopment project for Parc Jean-Drapeau. $70.4 million is being spent on redeveloping the park, with $30 million going towards the amphitheater and the rest to be used on recreating the stretch of space from around the metro station to "L'Homme" sculpture/where the main stage for Piknic Electronik is.
If you want to see some more concept images of the redevelopment project, you can head to the La Presse piece here.