When arriving on the scene more than 40 years ago, Valero Energy made a commitment to actively participate in the community. In 2003, it acquired a 65.5 hectare wooded area previously known as the Davida woodlands for $800,000 to turn it into an urban park. The company collaborated with the City of Lévis to make the land an outdoor area which everyone enjoys.
Located in front of the Jean Gaulin Refinery, this park, which was renamed Parc Valero les Écarts, covers some seven million square feet and is populated with mainly deciduous trees that are in great condition. At its highest point, the park provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the St. Lawrence and the Laurentian and Appalachian Mountains, stretching for more than 40 kilometres.
Parc Valero Les Écarts has the distinction of being the largest urban park in the region and constitutes a choice green zone that provides a buffer between the refinery and residential areas, while enabling residents to enjoy an exceptional environment. Valero is very proud to make this park available to all citizens in the greater Québec Chaudière-Appalachian region.