Businesses can help upgrade public recreation space


Montreal's 1,200 public parks could benefit if politicians are open to some private or non-profit participation in upgrading parks and playgrounds, several experts said.

"Why not? It's a version of what we did in the 1970s," Mc-Gill University architecture professor Pieter Sijpkes said.

As a student in the early 1970s, Sijpkes and some friends got donated scraps of wood, metal, plastic and brick, and turned two abandoned CN rail lots in Point St-Charles into playgrounds. He also helped start community gardens in the area.

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