The park is bordered by Faillon Street to the south, Rue Jarry to the north, Boulevard Saint-Laurent to the east, and the Canadian Pacific rail tracks to the west.
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 great show on Saint John Baptiste Day, (La Saint-Jean Baptiste), the French-Canadian annual celebration day. Since 1977 it is now officially called Quebec's National Holiday, (La fête nationale du Québec). 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 et Pierre Létourneau.