The house at Lar Rieu Park, once owned by Miriam Lar Rieu, of Walnut Creek, sits vacant in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Friday, July 19, 2013. After Lar
The house at Lar Rieu Park, once owned by Miriam Lar Rieu, of Walnut Creek, sits vacant in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Friday, July 19, 2013. After Lar Rieu's death in 2003, the house and the 10-acre parcel of land was granted to the city of Walnut Creek and made into a park. Neighbors have been asking the city to make a plan for the future of the park, but the city lacks the money to do anything with the property. Now the Lar Rieu family has offered to pay for repairs to the grounds and the home. In exchange, a family member could live there for five years and act as caretaker, giving the city time to decide the future of the property. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group) (Doug Duran)