In 1924, the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux became an official entity and elected its first mayor. Some thirty-six years later, it was incorporated as a city, bearing the name of the famous Sieur des Ormeaux, Adam Dollard, a French soldier, born in 1635 and killed by the Iroquois at Long Sault in 1660. The population was barely a few hundred in 1960, and within 10 years, exceeded 15,000. Today, there are more than 50,000 residents in Dollard-des-Ormeaux.
By landscaping Centennial Park in the early 1970s, the municipality created an oasis of fauna and flora and a beautiful recreation area of 120 acres around an artificial lake. At the heart of the City, adjacent to the City Hall, is the Civic Centre which houses three skating rinks, two indoor swimming pools, the Cultural Centre with a reception hall, an art gallery, and large library. A community centre, complete with a banquet hall and offices, was added in 2002.
Centennial Lake, which is actually a water retention basin, offers residents the peacefulness and charm of country living. From early spring to late fall, residents can walk, jog or bike along trails, enjoy a picnic or take part in a number of activities and festivities. In the winter, this picturesque decor takes on an enchanted look, inviting the young and young-at-heart to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, skating or sledding down the toboggan hill.
The City prides itself on its sports and recreational facilities and the fact that there is a park at less than one kilometre from any home. Many regional, provincial and international sports events take place in our Civic Centre.
Attentive to the quality of life and needs of its residents, the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux is committed to offering excellent cost-effective facilities and services.