A public consultation conducted with different users to identify their needs and expectations vis-à-vis Shamrock Square. The permanent project which was inaugurated in 2018 reflects the expressed wishes.
Problems and Purpose
In 2014, the borough of Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie in Montreal inaugurated Place Shamrock, but residents and businesses protested at the start of the development of the place. The second phase of the project begins in 2016 with a public consultation conducted with various users in order to identify their needs and expectations vis-à-vis this place. The permanent project which will be inaugurated in 2018 will reflect the wishes expressed.
Background History and Context
In 2014, the borough of Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie in Montreal inaugurated Place Shamrock, a new place intended for the promotion and enhancement of its built and living heritage which links the Jean-Talon market to Saint- boulevard. Laurent. Jean-Talon and Saint-Laurent Boulevard are two very dynamic places in Montreal, yet isolated from each other. The development of Place Shamrock should make it possible to connect them while taking into account the needs of residents, traders and other stakeholders in the district. The citizen is placed at the heart of the spontaneous use of public space thanks to a development inviting them to move around safely, to take a break thanks to the urban furniture installed, to settle down with family or friends to spend a moment etc. According to the borough, the Shamrock Square aims to promote socialization, relaxation and entertainment while contributing to animation and a more judicious and balanced use of public space. The 2020 vision of the square is "In 2020, Shamrock Square is a green meeting and relaxation space that attracts both neighborhood residents and visitors". The second phase of the project begins in 2016 with a public consultation conducted in the fall with residents, traders, partner organizations and various users in order to identify their needs and expectations vis-à-vis this place. The permanent project which will be inaugurated in 2018 will reflect the wishes expressed.
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
The borough of Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie is behind the development of Place Shamrock as part of its role of management and enhancement of public space. Participatory urban planning and consultation supervised by the Montreal Urban Ecology Center (CEUM).
It funded the project in 2014 to the tune of $ 140,000 for the improvements. Financial contributions of $ 25,000 made it possible to organize and hold events in the square.
Recruitment and Selection participant
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Methods and Tools Used
The Montreal Urban Ecology Center (CEUM) used a participatory urban planning approach to integrate the observations, concerns and aspirations of residents throughout the project. Participants are invited to a public consultation and to dialogue and interact with experts and decision-makers to collectively find answers to meet the needs of the community.
Deliberation, Decisions, and Public Interaction
Residents and traders protested at the start of the development of the square. In the public consultation, they were able to make their voices heard and take part in planning decisions that directly impact them.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Residents and traders, rather cautious and protesting at the beginning of the development of the square, were able to make their voices heard and take part in planning decisions that directly impact them.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
The fact of testing ephemeral installations, for three years before deciding on the final project, made it possible to test the different concepts with residents and other populations concerned.
For example, the guinguette style installed in 2017 is a little too French while the neighborhood is more Italian, the installation of the pétanque field hinders the entrances to some buildings for residents.
Montreal Urban Ecology Center, "Feedback on the public consultation," http: //ville.montreal.qc.ca/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/ARROND_RPP_FR/MEDIA/DOC ...
Lead image: CNW Group / City of Montreal - Borough of Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie https://goo.gl/6RhBCx