Parc Jean-Drapeau: goal to reduce parking, making greenspace a priority

The Montreal Public Consultation Office is recommending Parc Jean-Drapeau go back to its roots - and that means a priority for greenspace, less parking and more public transit.

Its report released today says public consultations suggest that while people are okay with the park hosting all kinds of concerts and other events, they want greenspace and its original role as a park to take precedence.

Luc Ferrandez, executive committee member in charge of large parks, said that ever since Expo '67, Parc Jean-Drapeau has deteriorated despite best intentions - from getting more and more equipment and paddocks for the F1 to hosting more and more festivals and concerts that are now encroaching on the woods and greenspace, going from zero cars in 1967 to 15 parking lots and eight thousand cars a day now.

Ferrandez said the tricky part will be how to reduce parking what with existing contracts protecting parking and reconciling the need to protect the greenspace and maintaining the success of the various events.

"What can we do to go back to nature, what can we do to go back to the mission of the park?" said Ferrandez.

"That's what we're working on."

Ferrandez said he's counting on park administrators to create "a new plan and a new vision" for the park and that if they're not satisfied with it, they'll issue additional marching orders.