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Press release

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The Olympic Park: Welcome to the giant's playground !

Where unique experiences take place this summer


Montreal, Monday, July 12, 2021 – The Olympic Park reveals its new campaign, Welcome to the giant's playground ! and outlines its summer programming.

The Olympic Park, an iconic place that has been welcoming unique events for over 45 years, is the host of memorable moments that could not happen without it. No other urban site in Montreal has such a vast area with infinite possibilities to be modulated to create as many diverse events. Designed by lg2 and illustrated by the internationally renowned Montreal artist Cécile Gariépy, the campaign highlights the grandiose aspect of the Olympic Park, its events, and its history.

“The Park welcomes the greatest athletes, the greatest artists, the greatest events, and it invites all its visitors—over four million per year pre-pandemic—to enter its grand playground. Our new campaign highlights that our facilities are essential to the great city of Montreal by enabling it to host and create memorable events for every visitor. More than ever, the Olympic Park has become a place where we can enjoy unique, larger-than-life experiences, filled with unforgettable emotions and memories, and our new campaign reflects this idea. The Olympic Park plays an important part in the recovery of our city as a must-see tourist destination.” - Alain Larochelle, Vice President, Operations and Commercial Development at the Olympic Park.


Urban Summer Programming for all

Do you want to enjoy the warm weather while having fun in the city? The Olympic Park is the perfect place for your outings with family, friends, or alone. “We are pleased to offer this summer programming to the Montreal community and to visitors from here and abroad, thanks to new facilities on our site. During the week, on the weekend, or while you’re on vacation, the many activities offered make the Olympic Park the perfect place to make the most of the summer!” adds Alain Larochelle.

Outdoor Relaxation at Îlots76

A day at the Olympic Park can easily be a busy one. Next to the Biodome entrance and the Olympic Park Sports Centre, Îlots76 offers a free outdoor relaxation area. The Écorécréo team, who created Voiles en voiles and many other Montreal attractions, is proposing a new family recreation concept that will evolve over the years. Îlots76’s inaugural season opened on July 10, and its activities will continue throughout the fall.

Go there to take a break between activities and grab a quick bite or a frozen treat. The play area will entertain families with many inflatable games, including one in the shape of the Olympic Stadium! For more information, visit ilots76.com.



Urban Climbing on the Olympic Park Esplanade

The Nomad Bloc climbing centre at the Olympic Park Esplanade is waiting for you! You will be able to climb a wall of approximately 5 metres (16 feet) in height. With a 30 linear metre (110 feet) climbing wall and routes for all skill levels, there is something for everyone! No special equipment or prior accreditation is required, and participants can rent climbing shoes on site.

There are numerous packages available including day passes, monthly memberships, and multi-entry passes. Participants must book their 2-hour time slot online.

Dynamic Areas for Everyone in the Heart of Montreal

Visit the Sentier Morgan, a brand-new walking trail around the Olympic Park, near Saputo Stadium. It is the perfect place to stroll or even work out with the installations that act as an open-air gym.

A teleworking space is also set up on the Olympic Park Esplanade. Made possible by an Aire commune initiative, this energizing outdoor space has free Wi-Fi every day, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and electric outlets. That is a great way to overcome isolation and to work differently in an environment adapted to social distancing measures.

Activities resume from Monday to Saturday at the Olympic Park Sports Centre. Whether you want to book a pool for recreational swimming with your family or for lane swimming, or if you want to take advantage of the gym, the Olympic Park Sports Centre has equipment worthy of the greatest, accessible to all.

Skateboarding enthusiasts will be able to access the Esplanade Vans Skate Park for free. This unique facility is one of the best skateboarding venues in Canada. This skate park has a 900 m2 concrete bowl with brand-new ramps and street modules. Skateboarders of all skill levels will be thrilled to learn that skateboarding lessons will be offered starting this summer at the Vans skate park, in collaboration with the Montreal-based company Rollin. More details on the classes will be posted on the Olympic Park platforms in the coming weeks.

To find out more about summer activities and to make sure you don’t miss out on any upcoming announcements from the Olympic Park, visit parcolympique.ca and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Olympic Park

On November 1, 2020, the Olympic Park (Société de développement et de mise en valeur du Parc olympique), replaces and modernizes the mission of the Régie des installations olympiques (1975–2020). It has the double mandate of developing, managing, promoting, and operating its facilities, as well as showcasing its Olympic heritage and legacy.

The Olympic Park manages five main assets: the Olympic Stadium, the largest amphitheatre in the country; the Montreal Tower, the tallest inclined tower in the world; the Sports Centre, Canada’s main aquatic and sports training centre; the Esplanade and outdoor areas, the city’s main gathering and event venue; and the largest underground parking in the country.

A bold architectural creation by Roger Taillibert, the Olympic Park was built both to host the 1976 Summer Games and as the home of the Montreal Expos baseball club (1977–2004). Since its inauguration, it has hosted thousands of sporting, cultural, social, civic, and public events, shaping Quebec’s event history, with over 120 million visitors since its opening.

Forty-five years after its construction, this large park in the east end of the city has an undeniable heritage value, particularly in terms of history, emblematic architecture, and urban design.



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Source:

Olympic Park

Media requests:

Mathieu Latour, annexe

450 544-1332


Cédric Essiminy, Communications

514 209-8176

Note that the recently introduced act respecting the Société de développement et de mise en valeur du Parc olympique allows the organization to promote activities held on its premises. The development and hosting of events are now part of the Park’s mission.

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