New park takes former mayor’s name

Ken Hill known as 'Mr. Esquimalt'

  • Sep. 13, 2011 10:00 a.m.

Esquimalt is preparing to celebrate the addition of a new park to its collection of green spaces.

The Freeman Ken Hill Park, which officially opens Oct. 1 at 11 a.m., holds special meaning in the township since it is named for a man considered one of Esquimalt’s sons, Ken Hill, who died in 2006.

Hill served as mayor, and was often known as Mr. Esquimalt.

The public park, located at the corner of Lyall and Grafton streets, was developed by the municipality, Ken Hill’s family, the Esquimalt Garden Club, the Esquimalt Lions Club and the Esquimalt Buccaneer Days committee.

The park is on a hill overlooking Esquimalt harbour and HMC Dockyard, where Hill worked for nearly four decades.