Jarry Park is an urban park in the Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension borough of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Jarry Park has total area of 36 hectares. It is considered by the City of Montreal as one of its large parks.[1]

Jarry Park
The lake in the park
TypeUrban park
LocationVilleray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°32′06″N 73°37′42″W / 45.5350°N 73.6283°W / 45.5350; -73.6283
Area36 hectares (89 acres)
Operated byCity of Montreal
Open6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
StatusOpen all year
Public transit access Parc, De Castelnau
at Jarry station
STM Bus: 16, 55, 80, 92, 93, 193, 363, 365, 372 and 480
WebsiteParc Jarry

From 1969 to 1976, the former Jarry Park Stadium (located in the southwest corner of the park, now IGA Stadium) was the home of the Montreal Expos, Canada's first Major League Baseball team.[2] In 1984 it also hosted a Mass by Pope John Paul II.[3] There is now a hall dedicated to him in District Police Station 31 (Villeray).

Gazebo in Jarry Park

Facilities include softball, hockey, beach volleyball, cricket and soccer fields, a skate park, table tennis, tennis and basketball courts, a public pool, bocce and pétanque lanes, and an artificial lake, used for ice skating during the winter. In addition, there is a monument called "Paix des enfants" ("Children's Peace"), consisting of violent toys fused together.

The park is bordered by Rue Jarry to the north, Boulevard Saint-Laurent to the east, and the Canadian Pacific rail tracks to the west. On the south it is bordered by Gary-Carter Street (formerly Faillon Street), named in honour of the Baseball Hall of Fame Montreal Expos catcher.[4]

The park was named in honour of Raoul Jarry (1885–1930), a member of Montreal's City Council.

On 24 June 1965, Jarry Park hosted the show for Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, the French-Canadian annual celebration day. That year, Jarry Park was chosen to present the most important event of the celebrations. 40,000 people came to hear some of Québec's most acclaimed singers, namely Pauline Julien, Clémence DesRochers, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Christine Charbonneau, Hervé Brousseau, Les Cailloux, Pierre Calvé, Renée Claude, and Pierre Létourneau.

References edit

  1. ^ "Découvrir les grands parcs". City of Montreal (in French). Archived from the original on 30 October 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Jarry Park (Montreal) – Society for American Baseball Research". sabr.org. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Sept. 12, 1984: Pope John Paul II says mass at Jarry Park". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Gary Carter honoured with Montreal street name". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 6 October 2021.

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