Borrow outdoor equipment for free

Families can take out bicycles, inline skates, badminton nets, tennis equipment, slacklines, soccer balls, child carriers, lawn games, scooters and more

Borrow outdoor equipment for free

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If you’ve ever wanted to give inline skating a try, play some badminton, or see if your toddler likes using a balance bike, the centre de prêt de matériel de plein air in Verdun lets you borrow a whole slew of outdoor equipment — for free.

Equipment covers a wide variety of interests and is available for all ages. There are bicycles for the smallest toddler to teens and adults, versatile bicycle trailers you can pull or convert to a jogging stroller, inline skates, badminton nets, tennis equipment, slacklines, soccer balls, child carriers for hikes, lawn games, scooters and more.

Borrowing equipment is easy and available for all, even out-of-town visitors who may be looking for a way to take in the city sights.

  • No monetary deposit is needed, but the centre does ask for a driver’s license or Medicare card as proof of ID.
  • There is no hourly limit to how long you can take out an item,  though everything needs to be returned by 5 p.m. on the same day.
  • Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You are not able to reserve in advance, so it’s best to make alternate plans to avoid disappointment.
  • The centre’s rental location is located adjacent to the paths that follow the St. Lawrence River and that pass by playgrounds and green spaces, so there are plenty of spots to stop and play.

Available to everyone

The free lending program is run by the family community organization Pause Parents-Enfants de Verdun and supported through government and municipal grants. Approximately five years ago, the organization started a different program called Les rendez-vous du plein-air, where families can experiment with outdoor play and nature once a week throughout the seasons. With the equipment sitting unused on weekends, it gave them the idea of offering it to the community at large, so that others could experience outdoor activities and try new sports.

“We thought we should give everyone the opportunity to borrow this equipment, and undo some of the restrictions that often prevent people from doing outdoor activities. One of the obstacles that we see a lot is that equipment for outdoor activities is usually very expensive,” said project manager Julie Legault-Lanctôt. “So this is really open to everyone. While we are known as a family organization, last summer we had single people and couples without kids borrowing items, so it’s not only for families.”

Schedule

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sundays
Starting May 21, 2021 and until the end of August the lending centre will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Location

Le centre de prêt de matériel de plein air de Pause Parents-Enfants de Verdun is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and will be extending its hours starting May 21, 2021.
4400 LaSalle Blvd., Verdun
centredepretppev@gmail.com

For information call 438-935-7773 (only available during their opening hours)

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