Award of Excellence – Documentation & Planning

Aménagement et développement du parc Jean Drapeau

Montréal, Québec
Awarded to:

Jonathan Cha (Parc Jean-Drapeau)

The 2020-2030 Conservation, Design and Development Plan is a reference that combines a citizen initiative with innovative planning. It lives up to this great urban park’s potential and expresses the commitment of Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD) to help enhance its landscapes and heritage. The plan’s formulation triggered a broad consultation and planning initiative that lasted over three years. This proactive approach helped develop expertise within the SPJD and strengthen the organization’s sense of accountability. The master plan includes a conservation plan and development proposals designed to contribute to the longevity of Parc Jean-Drapeau’s heritage and unique features.

Subsequent to an exemplary consultation process and methodical planning, the Société du parc Jean- Drapeau decided to make a big change in the mission and vision of Montreal’s oldest and largest urban park. Included in the 2020-2030 Parc Jean-Drapeau Conservation, Design and Development Management Plan, the mission changes from the administration, operation and development of a recreation and tourism site to the conservation, enhancement and development of a large public park. 

The conservation plan, a key component of the planning document, is based on the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. These standards were then adapted to the park’s local and island environment to establish the conservation orientations. One key principle of the master plan is enhancing heritage, while the development and design principles privilege enhancing the island landscapes. By making conservation one of its core strategic orientations, the park is expanding its social reach and contribution to societal issues. By having conservation orientations as the foundation for the development principles, the master plan subordinates all interventions to the park’s heritage. The plan is ambitious, daring, and consistent with the best conservation and development practices.