• John Jantak

Pincourt indoor playground set to open by early fall


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Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal announced that the new indoor park that will be set up inside the Faubourg de l’Île shopping centre and leased to the town for one dollar annually will be a great venue for parents to take their children during the winter and on rainy days when it opens in early fall.

The Town of Pincourt will open a children’s indoor playground at the Faubourg de l’Île shopping centre on Cardinal Léger Boulevard after signing a lease for one dollar annually, announced Mayor Yvan Cardinal at the Tuesday evening council meeting on June 13.

The arrangement that was made by the town and the owners of the Faubourg was officially announced during a special council session on May 29 and will allow children up to 14 years old to use the playground.

“We’re going to install an indoor park for people to have access to an indoor facility in the off-season,” said Town Manager Michel Perrier. “We didn’t have the room in any of our buildings to create an appropriate space. In our discussions with people from the shopping centre, we came to an agreement that they would welcome us for this purpose.”

Great cooperation with Faubourg reps

“This is a great cooperative venture between an important commercial establishment and the town to provide an important resource for our citizens,” said Perrier. “The representatives from the Faubourg were quite impressed with the demographics of our town, especially when they learned that 20 per cent of our population was under 14. They realized that our youngsters are an important aspect of our community.”

The town is now in the process of putting out a tender to purchase equipment that will be installed in the new indoor park which is scheduled to open in early fall. “It takes an average of six to 10 weeks for delivery of the equipment and installation,” said Perrier.

Rainy day and winter sanctuary

“This is a wonderful opportunity for all of our citizens to have an indoor place where they can take their children on a rainy day and during the winter,” said Mayor Yvan Cardinal. “We also appreciate the consideration that was given by the management of the Faubourg for allowing us to lease the facility for one dollar annually.”

While the park is intended for Pincourt residents, Cardinal said that parents with children from neighbouring municipalities will also be able to use the indoor facility. “While our parks are meant for our citizens, we never exclude anyone. A perfect example is the aquatic park we have at Parc Olympique. People bring their children from Vaudreuil-Dorion and from throughout Île-Perrot,” said Cardinal.

Arena update

A resolution was also adopted at the special council session on May 29 to allow the Société Exploitation Sports Sherbrooke, the owners of the still unfinished arena on Perrot Boulevard, to set up a separate affiliated entity called Société Exploitation Sports Pincourt.

Perrier said the change was required to allow the group to get the required financing to complete the project. The arena has sat vacant for about 15 years now because of various legal challenges since its inception from the original developer and more recently from another sports group who wanted to build a similar facility in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot.

While the town is optimistic the arena will be eventually completed, Perrier said significant work has to be done to make sure the current building is still structurally sound. “With all the time we lost in court, it just created more delays. The building is getting old so they have to review their needs and plans in accordance with the requirements from the banks,” he said.

YLJ FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK

Following its pilot project that converted a portion of Pincourt’s Chemin Duhamel into a one-way street with a bike path, the town will be hosting a public information session on the topic June 20 at 7 p.m.

Chemin Duhamel public info meeting

A special public information meeting regarding the conversion of Chemin Duhamel into a one-way artery northbound and the construction of a permanent multi-use path will be held at the Omni-Centre on Tuesday, June 20 at 7 p.m.

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