The lawn at Victoria’s courthouse will get a new playground and recreational green space, which will be ready for use by 2017, the Province has announced.
The decision was made following consultation with neighbours, after the disbandment of “Tent City” this summer.
The playground will be for children of all ages and abilities, but will also have features for adults and seniors, such as chess tables and seating benches.
The playground will be closed from dusk-to-dawn each day and overnight camping will not be permitted.
According to the Province, further discussions on the design specifics are underway, with input from children who attend neighbourhood schools and who are most likely to use the playground.
Soil samples showed the presence of residual contaminants, including those from minor gas spills and trace amounts of methamphetamines. Remediation with removal of the contaminants, as well as landscape restoration, will be part of the plan in the coming weeks.