Office de consultation publique releases consultation report on redevelopment of Mount-Royal Peel entrance and playground and picnic area

    MONTREAL, Dec. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Office de consultation publique de
Montréal made public yesterday its report on the consultation concerning two
redevelopment projects in Parc du Mont-Royal. The first aims to complete the
rehabilitation of the Lac aux Castors sector by redeveloping the playground
and picnic area. This section of the park, dubbed "La Clairière" by its
designer, has always served as a venue for activities and gatherings. The City
plans to replace existing facilities, dating from the '60s, and to turn the
area into a more welcoming place for family activities, while respecting its
status as part of a major ecological corridor.
    The other project concerns the Peel entrance of the park. Although it is
the main pedestrian access to the mountain from downtown, few people are aware
of its existence. The work aims to bring the gateway to public attention, as a
refuge from the chaos of the city, maintaining its natural character. The plan
calls for stairs, possibly to the summit, with a path still leading to the
park. A work of art may also be incorporated into the site.
    Mount Royal combines an important natural, geological, ecological,
architectural and landscape heritage. It dominates the island of Montréal,
acting as a reference point and venue for Montrealers' gatherings and
activities since its inauguration in 1876. In 2005, the Québec government,
recognizing the importance of protecting the mountain, created the natural and
historic borough of Mont Royal.
    These considerations were foremost in the minds of citizens and groups
who participated in the consultation. While being overwhelmingly in favour of
the proposed projects, they constantly underscored the fact that the
redevelopment should respect the primary goal of preserving the natural
aspects of Parc du Mont-Royal and conserving its natural capital. The
furniture and materials used should not overpower the surrounding nature, and
should blend in with it perfectly.
    There was also strong support for ecological revitalization and
ecological water and wildlife management measures, and for the protection of
the ecological corridor.
    Numerous suggestions were made regarding waste management, materials to
be used in the redevelopment of the playground and picnic area, the
interpretation path, the artistic work, and accessibility of the Peel entrance
to pedestrians.
    In keeping with usual Office procedures, all relevant documentation was
posted on the OCPM Web site. In addition, 15,000 flyers were distributed to
neighbouring residents and users of the two areas in question, announcements
were broadcast on electronic billboards in the Metro, and information panels
were installed in the park at the site of the proposed developments. Two
information days, September 16 and 23, were organized on site in the
Clairière, and an information session on the Peel entrance was held on
September 20 at the premises of the Office. Lastly, the Office held a
discussion group with park users to further explain the issues, and an on-line
questionnaire was used to gather opinions.
    The operations directed by the commissioners led to the reception of
112 questionnaires on the redevelopment of the playground and picnic areas,
and 45 on the Peel entrance. Moreover, the Peel entrance was the subject of
one brief and two letters of comment. It should be noted that groups and
organizations concerned with the future of Mount Royal were directly
    The city's executive committee and departments concerned will now examine
the commission's report to review the opinions expressed during the
consultation. The report and all documentation pertaining to the project are
available on the Office de consultation publique Web site at

    Since its creation under the Charter of Ville de Montréal in 2002, the
OCPM has directed approximately 60 consultations and held some 300 public
meetings bringing together over 15,000 citizens. For more information about
the Office, please visit the OCPM Web site,, or call 514

For further information:

For further information: Luc Doray, (514) 872-3568, Cell.: (514)

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