An underused park in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood is getting some attention since some area residents built a wood-fire oven there. Dubbed “The Park With No Name”, the space had been an empty overgrown lot, surrounded by a 10-foot chain-link fence tucked in by the Van Horne overpass, on the corner of Clark and Arcade. Last Saturday, about 30 people gathered for a community pay-what-you-can pizza dinner.
Public making creative use of a public space – sounds great, no? Well, no doubt afraid of liability, some public officials are threatening the future of the oven. Volunteers with the project say they’re just trying to build community and preserve the Quebec tradition of wood-fired ovens. Indeed, just a few blocks away, the famed St-Viateur Bagel still uses this method.
A petition is circulating and volunteers with the oven say they will bring the issue to the next Plateau borough council meeting. If you want to find out more about the project and sign the petition, drop by the Cagibi (corner of St-Viateur and St-Laurent). The next meeting and public dinner is Saturday July 28 at 6pm.
photos by Misha Warbanski