Plans to build new park in Pierrefonds plagued by delays

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WATCH: The plan to spruce up a park in Pierrefonds-Roxboro for Montreal’s 375 anniversary is being delayed until next year because of an underground water reservoir. As Global's Tim Sargeant reports, city councillor Justine McIntyre says she doesn’t understand the delay, as the reservoir has been there for years – Sep 15, 2017

Plans to landscape the wooded area in the Parc des Anciens-Combattants in Pierrefonds into a new park with a chalet have been delayed.

Contractors discovered a reservoir in the park. The concrete structure had to be removed and now the project won’t be ready until 2018. It was supposed to be finished this year in time for Montreal’s 375th anniversary.

The Montreal city councillor who represents the area is surprised borough officials weren’t aware the reservoir existed.

“I think that had we talked to people who’ve [worked] for the city in the past or just dug up the old plans, we would have seen the reservoir there,” Justine McIntyre said.

Building the chalet is expected to be finished by the end of this year but landscaping a new park won’t be done until 2018.

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Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough Mayor Jim Beis sent a text message to Global News stating that the borough wasn’t aware of the reservoir “when the initial plans were submitted.”

“It’s still a beautiful project that will benefit the area and we are extremely proud of it,” he added.

That’s a feeling shared by others in the community.

Ten-year-old Patrick Daher looks forward to the new park.

“When I go to my grandma I can play at the park and have fun,” he said.

The entire project is expected to cost $2.7 million.

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