Are our large urban parks havens of nature or social spaces? - McCord Stewart Museum

City talks

April 24 | 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Harry Sutcliffe, People relaxing in a park, harbour or port visible in background, 1930-1939, Gift of Peter, Paul, Robert and Carolyn Sutcliffe, M2011., © McCord Stewart Museum

Are our large urban parks havens of nature or social spaces?

Free activity | Online

2024 marks the 150th anniversary of our first major urban parks, Saint Helen’s Island and what’s now Lafontaine Park, built for the collective health of a working-class society. The recent pandemic revealed the appeal of these sanctuaries in an increasingly dense urban environment.

How can we preserve and increase the number of parks, while reconciling biodiversity protection with democratic and healthy access to nature and green spaces? 


  • Malaka Ackaoui, Co-Founder of WAA, Landscape Architect, Urban Planner 
  • Karel Mayrand, President and CEO, The Foundation of Greater Montréal, and President, Société du parc Jean-Drapeau
  • Michèle Dagenais, Full professor, Department of History, Université de Montréal  


  • Free activity, in French, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Discussion and public Q&A in French and English. 

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City Talks

For the 12th year in a row, the city’s thinkers and builders will come together for the City Talks series to debate current, tangible issues related to urban planning and the city, topics that concern all Montrealers.

The talks will be moderated by Dinu Bumbaru, Policy Director at Héritage Montréal. 


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