In Marseille, the bowling alley at the Gare de la Blancarde (4th), which has been squatted for three months, is going to be renovated

In Marseille, the bowling alley at the Gare de la Blancarde (4th), which has been squatted for three months, is going to be renovated
In Marseille, the bowling alley at the Gare de la Blancarde (4th), which has been squatted for three months, is going to be renovated

Highly sought-after land. On the edge of the Blancarde train station, they were abandoned after the surprise departure of a bowling association three months ago. Very quickly, homeless people moved into the refreshment bar next to them and relations with the neighborhood became strained.I saw an altercation between a young man and a squatter. The first wanted to borrow a chair that the homeless man was using as a clothesline, and things quickly got heated.”asks Eva, a mother whose children play in the playground next to the bowling greens.

Among the parents, some dream of being able to regain use of this plot.This would be very useful for having more shade in the summer, not to mention saving time for the children.“, pleads another mother forced to go around via an underground passage”which scares the little ones” from Place de la Blancarde to get to the playground, while the reopening of the bowling green could be the perfect shortcut.

A still unclear calendar

We hope that the first works will take place before the end of 2024. The fence between the children’s games and the bowling area would be destroyed to make a single large planted garden. It would be open to everyone, including several associations. We only need an agreement with them“, explains the office of the town hall of the 4th and 5th arrondissements, which is keeping its partners on this project a secret.

The Ateliers Blancarde, dedicated to contemporary art, in any case views creation favorably.a discussion space, with pergolas, picnic tables, and artistic and cultural activities“, comments Ron Reyes, one of the artistic directors of these workshops where residents already go to see exhibitions or borrow tools for their small jobs at home.

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