Westmount Park

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Westmount Park
Parc Westmount
Westmount Park 07.jpg
A view from within the park
Westmount Park is located in Montreal
Westmount Park
Location of Westmount Park on Montreal Island
Location Westmount, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°28′52″N 73°35′50″W / 45.481175°N 73.597324°W / 45.481175; -73.597324Coordinates: 45°28′52″N 73°35′50″W / 45.481175°N 73.597324°W / 45.481175; -73.597324
Area 10.6 hectares (26 acres)[1]
Operated by City of Westmount

Westmount Park (French: Parc Westmount) is a public park in Westmount, Quebec, Canada. It is located on Sherbrooke Street West.

History[edit]

Westmount Park in 1908.

In 1892, the city of Westmount purchased 20 acres (8.1 ha) of land for a park in order to preserve its rustic appearance. A few years later, the park was expanded its boundaries from Sherbrooke Street to Western Avenue (today De Maisonneuve Boulevard). Since its expansion, it has occupied 26 acres (11 ha) of land.[1]

In 1899, Quebec's first public library (Victoria Hall) was built in the park.[1]

In 1912, J. Howard Manning landscaped the park on behalf of the city. The park's design was inspired by the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect of Mount Royal. The park was designed around existing natural streams, ravines and wooded areas.[1]

Flowerbeds were planted and a bandstand was constructed. In 1964, the park was renovated by the firm McFadzean & Everly. Lawns were decorated, trees were cut and the stream that crosses the park was redeveloped.[1]

Features[edit]

The park has a playground, flower beds, two soccer fields, a Canadian football field, and several tennis courts (both hardcourts and clay courts). A stream winds through the middle of the park and is lined by trees and benches.[1]

The Westmount Arena and municipal pool are located in the southwest corner of the park, while the Westmount Public Library and Victoria Hall are located in the northwest corner.

The park also features a large floral clock, installed in 1926, measuring six meters in diameter and composed of more than 7,000 ornamental plants.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Westmount Park". City of Westmount. Retrieved 20 May 2013.

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