DIY skateparks on the rise in Montreal

Montreal will see at least three new skateparks created before the end of 2017 and while some boroughs gravitate towards professional builders, others prefer to let DIY groups take over.

Group called Project 45 relies on volunteers and private donations

Project 45 works on the site outside the Taz and is named after the 45 bus line that goes up Papineau street. (Radio-Canada)

Montreal will see at least three new skateparks created before the end of 2017 and while some boroughs gravitate towards professional builders, others prefer to let DIY groups take over.

A group of volunteers called Project 45 started a project next to the Taz indoor skatepark in 2010 when they thought what was already there could use some work. Management at the Taz was happy to see the volunteers create their own space outside.

"It's a sports ground created by the community. It's win-win," said Philippe Jolin, the general director of the Taz.

Taz general director Philippe Jolin is happy to see volunteers take initiative with the outdoor site. (Radio-Canada)

Project 45 has been working with private donations to buy the materials they need. They recently launched a new fundraising campaign and have collected $7,000 so far.

According to the co-founder of L'Association Skateboard Montréal, Yann Fily-Paré, the downside of these DIY operations is that volunteers sometimes lack the construction skills to craft their vision.

with files from Radio-Canada