Seniors’ park in the works for Esquimalt

Vacant property eyed for project at 537 Fraser St.

What is now a municipally owned vacant house in Esquimalt, may be transformed into a park for active seniors.

Council agreed to rezone the lot at 537 Fraser St. for recreational use on Monday, similar to that of the teen centre next door and the nearby Esquimalt Recreation Centre –  an important next step for the parcel of land that has largely sat untouched since the township purchased it in 2004.

“There have been brief conversations with the (township’s) parks and recreation advisory committee to create this into an active seniors’ park,” said Scott Hartman, Esquimalt’s parks and recreation services director, adding that a public hearing would be needed.

A $25,000 grant from the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program has been secured by the township for the future development of the site, Hartman said. The rezoning request was made to allow council to consider the project for the 2012 budget.

The home will be torn down by the end of August.