The Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (CESM-SMEC) offers strange new landscapes to the eye with every step. The pathway leads over the old Miron quarry converted – into a landfill –, and can be toured on foot or by bike.
As a result of the mobilization of the public, quarrying came to an end in 1988 and the land was purchased by the City of Montréal. The huge site is currently undergoing major transformation and will become Montréal’s second biggest park by 2023.
Today, the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC) is a 192-hectage territory located in the northernmost section of this neighbourhood. When finished, it will be almost the size of Parc du Mount-Royal. It is also the most ambitious environmental rehabilitation project every undertaken by the city.
The site has been home to a sorting centre, a power station and composting facilities for the past few years, and cultural and sporting venues such as the TOHU, Cirque du Soleil, the École nationale de cirque, the TAZ and the Stade de soccer also occupy the site, to the great benefit of Montrealers. The linear park encircling the site has been appropriated by walkers, runners and cyclists. This is just a snapshot of things to come at Parc Frédéric-Back.
In 2017, to celebrate the 375th anniversary of Montréal, two new sectors in the park, spanning a total of 17.7 hectares, will open to the public. Other sections of the park will be redeveloped, including the spaces surrounding the new indoor soccer stadium.
This metropolitan park dedicated to the environment, culture and sports will be completed in 2023.
Come witness the metamorphosis of the SMEC!
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