The City of Langford has revealed plans on a new community hub and dog park in the city’s Station Avenue area.
On Monday, May 10th, the City of Langford, in collaboration with the Island Corridor Foundation (ICF), said the project grew out of a need to restore and revitalize the area specifically between Peatt Road and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway.
The municipality says for years, residents and businesses have expressed concerns about the appearance and general decline of the area.
ICF, the owner of the property, recognized that the area needed revitalization and approached the city about working together to address the concerns.
They then entered into a collaborative agreement in which Langford now holds a 30-year lease with the ICF.
With a focus on arts and culture, the project is expected to revitalize the Station Avenue area and attract new businesses. The area will be used to showcase artisans, food trucks, public art, and other projects that focus on arts and culture.
The city also plans to build a new dog park and improve parking in the area which will be completed by this fall; other features will be rolled out early spring 2022.
“For many years, Council has focused on expanding recreational opportunities. Now we plan to turn our attention to arts and culture, providing new and exciting family-friendly options for residents and visitors alike,” said Langford Mayor Stew Young.
“This project will reinvigorate the area and complement all we already have in place. It also sets the tone for future projects like the development of a performing arts theatre,” said Young.
Funding for the project is through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Gas Tax Fund.