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Free indoor park officially opens as part of Pincourt Mall revitalization


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Children quickly inaugurated Pincourt’s new indoor playground at Le Faubourg de l’Île mall that was officially opened Thursday, June 28.

Parents with youngsters in Pincourt who were looking to beat the oppressive heat wave that’s dominated the region for the past week had another option to choose from – taking their kids to the city’s new free indoor park at the air conditioned Faubourg de L’Île shopping centre in Pincourt that was officially inaugurated last Thursday morning, June 28.

Over 20 youngsters along with municipal officials and representatives from Groupe Quint were on hand at the press conference as a beaming Mayor Yvan Cardinal ceremoniously became a kid again – at least for a few minutes – as he entered the playground, climbed to the top of the structure and slid to the bottom on one of the slides as part of the inauguration.

Year-round playground

“It’s a big day,” Cardinal told The Journal. “We’re privileged to have a new indoor all-season, year-round playground for our children. I invite all parents and grandparents to bring their children to enjoy the playground.”

The mayor is also pleased with town’s association with Groupe Quint who helped make the indoor park become a reality. The commercial real estate company which owns the mall agreed to lease the space to the town for a nominal $1 fee as a way to attract more traffic into the venue.

Lots of activities

Pincourt Town Manager Michel Perrier said the facility is unique within the region and compliments the town’s range of outdoor parks. “The indoor park features lots of activities – a climbing wall, trampoline, slides and more – everything you would find in the large entertainment centres for kids except for a ball pool. It’s a complete structure with all kinds of features,” said Perrier.

The park is dedicated to children between five and 12-years-old and is part of the town’s social development plan. Operating hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The playground is located at Entrance Three, near the Canadian Tire and Hart department stores.

Over 300 children visited the facility over the long Canada Day weekend according to Perrier.

Entertainment and service venue

The park fits perfectly with the Groupe Quint’s strategy to revitalize the mall as an entertainment and service-oriented venue, President Ian Quint told The Journal.

“It’ll be a big advantage to the daycare centre that wants to come here. The playground will be phenomenal for them. The service-oriented development will also drive people into the centre. This is our goal. We have a lot of interesting things in the works,” said Quint.

Daycare centres and medical clinics

Several family and sit-down restaurants have been inquiring about setting up shop in the mall, said Quint. “We’re also negotiating with a lot of service-oriented tenants, like daycare centres and medical clinics,” he said.

“We have enough big-box stores like Wal-Mart and Dollarama. We want to focus on filling it up with service-oriented stuff that is going to bring more people, families and children into the mall. This will attract more tenants,” Quint added.

Cinema Guzzo ‘part of the plan’

Quint reaffirmed the planned Cinema Guzzo movie complex is still a go. “Cinema Guzzo is still definitely a part of the plan. This is a reality. They’re actually making their construction drawings now. They should be ready to go for their permit before the construction holiday begins, which is very soon,” he said. “This will give the mall a very good kick start.”

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