Even more green spaces in Mount Royal
Beaver Lake at dawn, in the unmissable Parc du Mont-Royal.
Mount Royal Park will be expanded by three hectares, the equivalent of more than four soccer fields. In addition to the expansion of the park, 290 of the 725 parking spaces at Maison Smith will disappear to be converted into green space.
By 2036, a wooded area and two parking lots located north of the former Royal Victoria Hospital will be transferred to the City of Montreal, Mayor Valérie Plante announced this morning. Spreading the disposals over several years would help facilitate the transition, while some buildings on the Royal Victoria site remain in operation to this day. access to Mount Royal Park for downtown residents through a right of way granted by McGill University.
Near Maison Smith and Lac aux Castors, the City intends to reduce the parking space by 40%, the average occupancy rate of which on weekdays would be 30%. On weekends, it would be between 50 and 55%, according to a study by the Metropolitan Transport Agency in progress. This redevelopment, valued at $19 million, aims to restore the Maison Smith clearing by greening the area.
In parallel with these expansion and demineralization projects, the central administration intends to continue closing and greening the informal trails that have abounded in recent years. Their number has increased from 46 km in 2020 to 37 this year.
As the current host of COP15, Montreal also intends to pay tribute to this event on biodiversity by planting trees and trees. shrubs on the Côte Placide which runs along Parc Avenue.
All of these actions would have targeted the protection of various endangered wildlife species sheltered in these various wooded, wetland and forest environments of Mount Royal and the strengthening of the ecological transition.