A spectacular site created with and for Montrealers

The Old Port of Tomorrow: an ambitious proposal
connecting Montreal and its river

MONTREAL, June 12, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Old Port of Montréal today unveiled its preliminary master plan, an in-depth revitalization of its large recreational tourism site. The result of in-depth reflection with the public and experts from various sectors, the Old Port of tomorrow will bring the city and the river closer together and make the Old Port the must-see destination of Montrealers and visitors.

Highlights of the Old Port of Tomorrow

  • An Old Port to rediscover along the riverside promenade and the river, thanks to underpasses, footbridges and new access to the water via a stepped plaza
  • A Clock Tower Pier transformed into a special site for cultural, social and recreational tourism institutions
  • A six-kilometer loop that culminates in a breathtaking view from the top of Silo 5
  • The creation of a mixed-use area in the western section of Pointe-du-Moulin, able to accommodate residences, shops and a hotel

Focus on views and connections between city and river
The preliminary plan presented today offers Montrealers an Old Port with expanded entrances, improved access to the water and new vistas opened up onto the St. Lawrence River. In addition to upgrading the many green spaces, the proposal includes the improvement and expansion of the pedestrian trail. The Old Port of Montréal has not forgotten its industrial past and is celebrating it, notably by providing access to the upper levels of Silo 5 and its conveyors, with spectacular views of the city, the Lachine Canal and the Montérégie region.

These new attractions will complement those in the sector already popular among Montrealers, such as the basin, the Natrel skating rink and the Clock Tower Beach, as well as the future harbour bath. The Jacques-Cartier Pier will remain an event venue, hosting festivals and shows that vary with the seasons. The Science Centre, the flagship institution on the King Edward Pier, remains central to the Old Port's recreational tourism vocation.

Come tell us what you think
Montrealers and visitors are invited to come and view the imposing 3D model of the project and to share their reactions during public consultations that will be held on June 15, 16 and 17, from noon to 8 pm, in a tent on the Old Port site near the St-Pierre entrance, east of the McGill entrance (Square Victoria Metro) or to take part in the online consultation between June 12 and July 12 at www.planoldport.com.

Next stage
After this consultation stage, a final plan will be submitted, taking feedback received into account. Once adopted, this plan will guide development efforts at the Old Port for the coming years. 

Quotes

— "The Old Port of Montréal is a vital, constantly evolving site, as this ambitious proposal confirms. It is a source of pride to work on uniting two great symbols, the St. Lawrence River and the Old Port of Montréal, for the benefit of Montrealers and visitors."

Basil Cavis, Vice-President, Old Port of Montréal

— "I encourage you to participate in this public consultation. The Old Port is a Montreal icon and attracts many tourists every year. It is important that its revitalization correspond to what Montrealers want to show the world. This public forum will ensure that the Old Port's development will take place in a collaborative and inclusive manner. "

Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie - Le Sud-Ouest - Île-des-Soeurs

— "We are proud to present Montrealers with this preliminary plan, based on consultations with numerous organizations and experts, not to mention the contributions of the many citizens who were enthusiastic participants."

Marie Lavigne and Marie Lessard, co-chairs of the advisory committee for the preliminary master plan for the Old Port of Montréal

Photos and videos
Available for download at http://bit.ly/2raTQ2v

About the Old Port of Montréal
The Old Port of Montréal, which is federal territory, has offered a variety of participatory, cultural and leisure activities for more than 25 years, as well as opportunities for scientific exploration at the Montréal Science Centre. Bordering a 2.5-kilometre stretch of the St. Lawrence River, the Old Port of Montréal is the most popular recreational tourism site in Quebec, with more than seven million visitors annually.

 

SOURCE Old Port of Montréal Corporation

For further information: and interviews, Jimmy Laforge, Phone: 514 283-7160, jlaforge@vieuxportdemontreal.com

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