The District of Metchosin has finalized the purchase of a property on Kangaroo Road, with an eye to expanding Blinkhorn Lake Park.
The municipality bought the four-hectare lot, which includes most of the top of Blinkhorn Mountain, from the Stack family for $400,000, with plans to subdivide it. The plan, reported Mayor John Ranns at this week’s council meeting, is to add two hectares to the park and sell off the remaining land for $275,000 to a buyer who wants to build a home on it.
In addition, Metchosin intends to make offers to the other two other landowners on the mountain and would finance the purchase through the sale of two municipally owned lots on Lindholm Road.
The Kangaroo Road property purchase includes an easement across the other properties for fire and emergency use, but does not allow for public access.
Ranns said the addition of the lands would make Blinkhorn a “spectacular park for the region.”