L’Esplanade Tranquille Montreal’s New Giant Skating Rink

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L’Esplanade Tranquille is under construction and that means Montreal’s new giant skating rink and summer public square will be ready next year.

A section of Montreal will have all eyes on it as the Quartier des Spectacles is set to become the host to a new public square that will also be a giant skating rink — Montreal’s answer to Manhattan’s Rockefeller Square.

Named the L’Esplanade Tranquille, its 5,000 square meters will contain a massive urban terrace during the summer and a chilled outdoor rink during the winter.

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So, we get to enjoy it all year long.

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The $74 million public square situated at the corner of Clarke Street and Ste. Catherine honors Henri Tranquille, a local renowned chess player and bookshop owner.

During a French release, Mayor Valerie Plante stated:

Designed like a backyard with a chalet, an ice rink and unique furniture, the Esplanade Tranquille will be a fun and friendly gathering place where everyone can celebrate its culture.

And, the new development of the square would symbolize the Quartier’s vision to create, live, learn, and become the entertainment center of Montreal.

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According to the city’s website, the square has the following features:

  • A tree-lined entryway along Ste. Catherine Street
  • A metropolitan furnished and grassy section more than able to host “marquee” shows
  • A ground-floor restaurant
  • A multipurpose room, to be used by skaters in the winter season (lockers, cloakroom and skate rental)

Completion of the L’Esplanade Tranquille will most like be done by next summer, so Montreal’s new giant skating rink will be set for winter 2020!

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