Portage Park playground planned in View Royal

View Royal council commits to rec. project, if budget allows

A nice walk in the View Royal woods may soon be followed with playtime for the children.

View Royal council has earmarked $100,000 in this year’s budget to build a playground in Portage Park, possibly by late summer.

“Although it sounds like a lot of money, it never really goes that far when you start buying playground equipment,” said Coun. David Screech, chair of the parks and recreation advisory committee, which endorsed the plan.

“That is to prepare the site, put down the necessary things and buy playground equipment.”

About $10,000 for the amenity comes from a townhouse development on Island Highway, while the rest comes from the parks equipment reserve fund and casino funding.

The design for the playground is not yet determined, but it will target five to 12 year olds. The site will be an area near Island Highway and the Four Mile Pub parking lot.

“There’s quite a nice, open grassy area and it’s exactly where the (Capital Regional District) E&N trail is going to come through,” Screech said.

The drive to create the playground came from residents in the area, he added.

“There really isn’t that much in that part of town. For people who venture out on the trail, coming from town, it’ll be a good spot just to stop if you have kids.”

The 2014 budget still needs final council approval.

kwells@goldstreamgazette.com