Beach Park

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Image credit : Ville de Montréal

Year: 1990

Client: City of Montreal

Awards: 1989: Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) Regional Merit Award

1990: National and Regional Honour Awards from de Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA)

1990: Orange Prize – Urban Design Award from Save Montreal

1991: Award of Environmental Excellence from Environment Canada

Completed in 1990, this leading edge, environmentally friendly swimming facility on the St. Lawrence River was conceived to provide Montrealers with a natural swimming experience. The park covers sixty acres and features seven hundred metres of sandy beach and several acres of lake water. Green space is also offered for picnicking and beach volleyball.

Ecological processes found in nature to clean and filter water were recreated onsite. Filtration ponds containing more than 100,000 aquatic plants are used to filter the water from the swimming area instead of chlorine and other chemicals. This water is then clean enough to be returned into the river.