The new parc Frédéric-Back 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 2025.
Today, the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC), which include the new parc Frédéric-Back is a 192-hectage territory located in the northernmost section of this neighbourhood. 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.
Since 2017, to celebrate the 375th anniversary of Montréal, two new sectors in the park, spanning a total of 17.7 hectares, have 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 2025.
Come witness the metamorphosis of the SMEC!
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Thanks to TD Friends of environment Foundation for his support on TOHU'S environmental activities