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Montreal Families

Montreal opens up certain sporting and leisure spaces

With the warmer weather upon us, Montrealers need more space to safely enjoy the outdoors while continuing to social distance.

Cycling is a great way for families to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. On May 23, The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD) announced the reopening of Île Notre-Dame (it had been closed since April 5 due to the pandemic). It is important to note that the parking lot will remain closed. Île Notre-Dame receives approximately  125,000 cyclists each year.

Also, the Ste. Catherine/Estacade/Jean-Drapeau bike link section, which is an integral part of the Trans Canada Trail and the Route verte, is fully accessible to cyclists as is the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. This race car track is a popular spot for kids to cycle. The calendar for the opening hours of  Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, as well as other information about Jean Drapeau are available at parcjeandrapeau.com

The Victoria bridge cycling path to St.Lambert remains closed for security reasons due to upcoming construction work. Cyclists from St.Lambert who wish to cross to Montreal must take the multi-functional trails of the Jacques-Cartier and Samuel-de-Champlain bridges.On May 22, the city reopened other sporting and leisure facilities including skateparks, petanque areas, outdoor athletic tracks for individual use as well as dog parks.

However, parking lots remain closed at the following parks: La Fontaine, Maisonneuve, Jarry, Fréderic-Back and the nature park of Île-de-la-Visitation.

Access to playgrounds and playground facilities remain closed as do playing fields for for team sports.

The 19 boroughs will continue, until early June, to progressively reopen the 102 tennis courts. Only singles matches are permitted and players must use their own balls. No doubles play or lessons are allowed at this time.

Apart from frequent hand washing, it is recommended that players wear a mask when playing sports. For more information, visit montreal.ca

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