A Major Improvement Project Begins in the Chalet Sector of Mount Royal Park

2016-09-20

As the City of Montreal begins phase one of a two-phase improvement project in the Mount Royal Chalet sector, Les amis de la montagne would like to remind the public that this work requires the temporary closure of the main stairway leading to the Kondiaronk Belvedere and the summit.

Mount Royal Park’s Main Stairway Closed Mid-September through Late December 2016

Advancing the Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan, this project aims to improve access to the Mount Royal Chalet area of the park as well as visitor safety, in addition to supporting parkland biodiversity. The first phase of the project involves completing the footpath that links the park’s main stairway to the Kondiaronk Belvedere. While the main stairway is closed during this work, visitors, hikers and runners may take Olmsted Path to reach the summit, or use the alternative route proposed by the City, for which the appropriate signage is posted on-site. (Phase 2 of this project is scheduled to start in the fall of 2018 and will not impede access to and from the stairway.)

Protecting the Mountain and Its Natural Habitat

Les amis de la montagne underlines the popularity of the 256-step stairway, with over three million park visitors using it annually. In order to protect the mountain’s natural habitats while work is underway, pedestrians must not take shortcuts through the surrounding woodlands. Les amis urges all visitors to respect the temporary measures as follows:

  •          Stick to Olmsted Path or the official alternative route.
     
  •          Stay on the walking paths and do not stray from them into the woodlands.
  •          Keep your dog on a leash.

Les amis de la montagne is running an on-site awareness-building campaign to let park users know more about the park improvement project and temporary measures required of visitors while it is underway. Interpretive panels explaining the park improvement project have been installed inside the Mount Royal Chalet.

Photo : Jean Landry, Descente vers le haut