Municipal waste disposal site near Parc Arthur-Therrien
A Waste Disposal Site Along the Waterfront

Verdun's riverfront area was not always used for leisure, recreational or tourist activities. For a number of years, the riverbanks located near the Auditorium served as a municipal waste disposal site. 

During World War II, in order to stimulate the war efforts, Verdunites were invited to come and recover such materials as metals, paper, rubber, glass and clothes. In January 1942, every Wednesday, recovery trucks went up and down the streets of Verdun and picked up whatever residents wanted to dispose of. These materials were then dumped and sorted on a playground located at the far end of rue Galt, near the Auditorium. After the end of the war, the recovery site became a municipal waste disposal site where cars, furniture and more were piled.