MMM: Field of Possibilities
Mostly Montreal Monday
It’s good sometimes to go until there’s no where left to go. This is how I discovered Champs des Possibles one cloudy morning; by biking to the very end of Avenue Henri Julien.
“Le Champ des Possibles (Field of Possibilities) is a former industrial site of approximately one hectare located the Mile End. Friends of the Champ des Possibles (Field of Possibilities) is a group of local citizens who have worked to preserve the site as a community green space and a habitat for biodiversity.
In April 2013, an innovative agreement was struck between the borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal and the Friends of the Champ des Possibles. This agreement authorizes Friends of le Champ to manage activities and programs in the field in partnership with the borough.” – Facebook
I didn’t know all that at the time. I didn’t know what I was looking at when I parked my bike. Was this a park or a vacant lot? There was no playground or benches or even garbage cans but there was a structure.
There were hints of intention here and there
but I felt an unwavering uneasiness as I combed the area for
bodies photographic opportunities. What was going on here? What was this place supposed to be?
Would I bring my kids here (my every litmus test)? There were people walking through this place – clearly on the way to another place, a shortcut of sorts – but they seemed more comfortable than I. Is this not a place for lingering, for playing? What do I do in a place like this?
I am now following Les Amis on Facebook, curious of their plans, but I don’t know that I’ll be rushing back to the Field of Possibilities. Possibly. My kids would get a kick out of climbing and jumping off that platform as well as checking out the train tracks nearby but again, that uneasiness. I like that I found the place though, just by going until I couldn’t go anymore.
Montreal never disappoints.
Happy Monday Explorers.