Launch of Parc Jean-Drapeau's summer season - A public gathering site that invites rediscovery



    MONTREAL, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting on Friday, June 22, the summer
season will take off at Parc Jean-Drapeau, which welcomes thousands of sports,
recreation and culture fans in the name of diversity and invites them to
rediscover this vast public gathering site. This year's season promises to be
particularly full of festivities, with an enhanced program featuring new
events as well as a number of special activities to celebrate the 40th
anniversary of the 1967 World's Fair, known by many as Expo 67.
    One of the highlights of the anniversary festivities, the Balade of the
40th offers a guided tour of the islands in which it takes visitors along the
path of Expo 67. Numerous activities animate the tour and recreate the spirit
of the times. Also on the agenda are several exhibitions at the Complexe
aquatique de l'île Sainte-Hélène, the Biosphere and the Stewart Museum. The
tour Galerie d'art à ciel ouvert focuses on works of art created for Expo 67,
while Artefact - sculptures urbaines invites a number of artists to showcase
their talents by exploring the theme Petits pavillons et autres folies.
Moreover, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) will be giving a concert
on the parterre of Ile Sainte-Hélène as part of its L'OSM dans les parcs
program. The theme of the 40th anniversary also serves as a backdrop for a
host of activities sponsored by the islands' partners.
    Great news for children and their parents: the must-attend event of the
summer, the Fête des enfants de Montréal, is moving to the enchanting setting
of Parc Jean-Drapeau. Games, sports and educational activities, creative
workshops and shows are all in the works. Something to keep the entire family
busy in a relaxed atmosphere that embraces the world in all its diversity.
Then there are the Week-ends du monde, presented by Loto-Québec, which will be
taking on a very special connotation during this 40th anniversary of Expo 67
as it gives the public a chance to discover the many diverse faces of the
metropolis. The Carifiesta, Week-end Créole, Festival International du
Merengue de Montréal and Cultures du monde all pay tribute to Man and His
World, where the world converged 40 years ago. The perfect opportunity to
appreciate the similarities and celebrate the differences of 25 communities
around themes that are both universal and revealing of each culture!
    In addition, Sports Montréal, in collaboration with the City of Montréal,
the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale and Parc Jean-Drapeau
will be offering Evasion plein air, a program aimed at day camps for
youngsters from ages 9 to 15. Developed as part of the city's undertaking
Lutte contre la pauvreté et l'exclusion sociale, this initiative targets
mainly youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds. Some 4,000 young people are
thus expected to take advantage of the site's many attractions this summer.
    And there's more: Parc Jean-Drapeau also offers a beach, gardens and
green spaces, 35 kilometres of paths for cyclists and in-line skaters,
including a segment forming an official part of the Route verte and the Trans
Canada Trail, trails for hikers, an Olympic basin, as well as a high-calibre
aquatic complex equipped equally well for the general public and for athletes
from the four aquatic disciplines: diving, swimming, waterpolo and
synchronized swimming. Training activities and competitions will take place
all summer long, not to mention that Parc Jean-Drapeau is also the outdoor
site of the Centre d'excellence de sports aquatiques du Québec.
    Among the other events planned are the Sunday get-togethers known as the
Piknic Electronik, and the shows sponsored by Groupe Spectacles Gillett,
notably a concert by Manu Chao to mark the Festival International de Jazz de
Montréal, and the return of the Vans Warped Tour and the Festival Osheaga.
    A public gathering site by tradition, Parc Jean-Drapeau offers a
distinct, stimulating experience. With its ever-expanding choice of activities
all year round, it ranks as one of the leading recreational destinations.
    Parc Jean-Drapeau is easy to reach by bike, on skates, and by metro, car
and even ferry shuttle, for those wishing to combine fun with healthy
lifestyle. Managed by the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau, a paramunicipal agency
of the City of Montréal, the park is pleased to be able to count on the
collaboration of its many partners, including Loto-Québec, Labatt Breweries
and Coca-Cola, the newspaper La Presse, as well as RockDétente, Energie 94.3,
MIX 96, Radio-Classique-Montréal and TVA. For general information,
call 514 872-6120 or visit our website at www.parcjeandrapeau.com.




For further information:

For further information: Agence Sonia Gagnon: Nicole Desmarais, (514)
768-6743, ndesmarais@soniagagnon.com; Caroline Carbonneau, (514) 768-6743,
ccarbonneau@soniagagnon.com; Source: Kevin Donnelly, Director, Communications
and Marketing, (514) 872-6368

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