Esquimalt rec centre renos in holding pattern

Township awaiting federal funding

Esquimalt is on tenterhooks waiting for word about federal funding for upgrades to the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

The township expected to hear back about its application for $1.2 million in accessibility funding from the federal government in April, but the federal election caused a delay, said Scott Hartman, Esquimalt’s director of parks and recreation services.

The additional funding could pay for a larger second-floor space over the rec centre’s wellness centre and an elevator. Council has already budgeted $400,000 to renovate the rec centre’s atrium, where a café once was.

“If I don’t get the grant, we go ahead with public discussion on the atrium project and go ahead with what we originally planned to do, which is why we’re in this holding pattern, which is fine,” Hartman said.

The renovation project will require public consultation before it moves ahead, among other steps.