Pincourt’s new indoor playground at Faubourg de l’Île to open mid-April


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

The Town of Pincourt will open a new indoor playground for children at the Faubourg de L’Île in mid-April. Ian Quint, President of Groupe Quint which owns and operates the Faubourg, said construction of the Cinema Guzzo multiplex theatre will proceed as planned after the Hart retail outlet moves from its current spot to a nearby location within the mall.

Pincourt will proceed with its plans to open and operate a brand new indoor playground at the Faubourg de l’Île shopping complex. The contract to build the facility was officially adopted at the Tuesday evening council meeting on February 13.

The playground, which is geared towards children, will open mid-April and operate year-round. Mayor Yvan Cardinal anticipates it will become a popular destination as soon as it opens and bring in families and children during rainy days, hot summer days for the air conditioning, and especially during winter.

Lots of free activities

The owner of the Faubourg offered the space to the town for $1 and there will be no admission charge to use the facility, said Cardinal. “We don’t have to pay for the space. We just have to pay for the equipment for which we would have to pay if we put it in an outdoor park,” Cardinal added.

“It will be a very impressive structure. There will be a lot of activities for the kids – a climbing wall, trampoline, slides and more – everything you would find in the large entertainment centres for kids except for a ball pool,” said Town Manager Michel Perrier. “It’ll be a complete structure with all kinds of features.

PHOTO COURTESY TOWN OF PINCOURT

An artist’s rendering of the new indoor playground for children that will open mid-April at the Faubourg de L’Île in Pincourt.

“I tip my hat to town council who came up with the idea and making it happen,” Perrier continued. “It’s a sure sign that our council is conscious of the needs of the population. They’ve put the wheels in motion to give our citizens more quality services.”

Mall revitalization

The playground is also regarded as one component to breathe new life into the viability of the indoor shopping centre, said Perrier. “It will bring more people to the Faubourg. The owner is going in a new and good direction. We’re optimistic for the future.”

Ian Quint, President of Groupe Quint which owns and operates the Faubourg, confirmed the company is proceeding with plans to revitalize the commercial complex and is committed to its future viability. “We wouldn’t be making major investments in the mall otherwise,” Quint told The Journal.

“We’re adding the playground. We’re going ahead with the (Guzzo) cinema. We’re adding various restaurants. We’ve added Ben & Florentine and there are about five other restaurants that are planning on opening in the mall. We’re also in negotiations with some different retailers for other spots,” said Quint.

“We’re working hard with a lot of great retailers and restaurants and a lot of service-oriented type of users for the mall. From now until the end of the year, there should be some very big changes,” he added.

New cinema will proceed

Construction of the Cinema Guzzo multiplex theatre will proceed as planned after the Hart retail outlet moves from its current spot to a nearby location within the mall. “Aside from Guzzo, we can’t make any other announcements because we’re in various stages of negotiations,” said Quint.

Perrier is also certain the cinema will be a positive factor for the mall that will revive growth despite some recent store closings. “We’re optimistic for the future. When the cinema opens the changes will become evident. Mr. Quint and his associates are looking at revamping the shopping centre and giving it a reorientation,” said Perrier.

“The cinema will be the major project that should turn the situation around for the shopping centre by giving it a brand new vocation. We expect other stores more in line with the service and entertainment areas will open to better serve the population,” added Perrier

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