Referred to, still, as the old Miron quarry or the St-Michel dump, this gigantic landfill site was once a source of shame to citizens.
Today, the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC) – a 192-hectage territory located in the northernmost section of this neighbourhood – is well on its way to becoming one of Montréal’s foremost green spaces, spanning an area 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.
Two new sectors in the park, spanning a total of 17.7 hectares, will open to the public in 2017. 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.