Reopening of parking lots in the parks: Montreal has no timeline

Réouverture des stationnements dans les parcs: Montréal n'a pas d'échéancier

It is always impossible to know when the parking lots of large parks of Montreal will be accessible again, even if the dates for the reopening of the swimming pools and libraries have been announced.

The sun and the déconfinement progressive want in many people to go for a walk in the parc du Mont-Royal, on île Notre-Dame or at the park The Fountain. However, the parking lots of these parks are still closed.

The administration of mayor Valerie Plant has yet to be announced, in the last few weeks, the re-opening of several municipal facilities outside such as tennis courts, dog parks and community gardens.

The outdoor swimming pools and wading pools will open, on their side, gradually from the 20th of June, while the botanical Garden will be accessible again as of Monday.

The person responsible for the management of large parks on the executive committee of the City of Montreal, Robert Beaudry, has confirmed the 24 Hours that no date for the reopening of the parking in the parks is not envisaged for the moment.

“The measures of distance, for example, in the spaces that we can control (libraries, swimming pools and dog parks) are easier than on the mountain,” said the elected.

Remember that the parking lots of the parks of Mount-Royal, René-Lévesque, The Fountain, Maisonneuve, Jarry, Frederick Back, of the island of Notre-Dame, and the parc-nature de l’île-de-la-Visitation, were closed at the beginning of the month of may, in order to limit the number of visitors, after pictures of parks crowded have circulated in the media and on social networks.

The best meeting place

As outdoor gatherings are allowed in public places as long as the distance of two meters between each person is respected, the parks are a gathering place of choice for many Montréalers.

“We actually can’t wait to reopen the parking lot of the parc Jean-Drapeau to host visitors, either for sports or hiking,” said the head of communications for the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau, Gabrielle Meloche.

The latter pointed out that the park remains accessible via the tracks multi-functionality of the Jacques-Cartier bridge or by public transport, among others.

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