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Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space

Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This green space is on the western slope of Triangular Hill where a large grass covered sports field was created with the new school building. There are a couple of playgrounds and a partial basketball court. The playgrounds are near the northwest side of the Sooke School District 62 building built in 2006 with reconfiguration in 2010. The smaller colorful playground is for the youngest children at the school and has a low platform with a slide and variety of climbing, swinging and other play structures set on a wood chip base. The other play area consists of several different structures including a swing set with six swings. A climbing apparatus with slide and three rectangular monkey bar contraptions. The basketball court is on the eastside of the school yard is partially covered with a portable classroom. A chain-link fence surrounds the school yard with several parking areas. The green space is available outside of school hours. This green space has been school grounds since nineteen twelve when a single building housed the teacher and her students. The school was named area which was named for the atmosphere that early pioneers brought to the area in the late eighteen hundreds. Weaver Park, Weaver Green Space, Ed Fisher Memorial Park, Ernhill Park, Isabell Green Space, Sedgwick Park, Luxton Park, Fisher’s Pond Park, Galloping Goose Trail – Langford  and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 25’44”  W123°31’45”

 

Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn off Hwy1 at the Millstream and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue along VMP to reach Sooke Road. Turn right onto Sooke Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Follow Happy Valley Road to reach the school grounds. There is a pedestrian access from Weaver Place to the school yard. The grass field can be reached from Weaver Green Space, Blueberry Lane and Acadian Road. There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

 

See the Happy Valley Elementary School website for a summary of the history of the school.

Weaver Green Space

Weaver Green Space is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. It consists of a asphalt walkway that leads from the sport fields of Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space to Weaver Place. The eighy tfive meter long walkway is bordered by a strip of grass and the fences of the neighboring homes. Weaver Park, Ernhill Park, Isabell Green Space, Sedgwick Park, Luxton Park, Fisher’s Pond Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 25’45”  W123°31’41”

 

Weaver Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn off Hwy1 at the Millstream and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue southward along VMP to reach Sooke Road. Turn right onto Sooke Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Turn onto Happy Valley Road and continue along to reach Walfred Road. Continue along Walfred Road to reach Lodmell Road. Turn right onto Lodmell Road and then right onto Weaver Place. The green space access is between home 969 and 973. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Weaver Park

Weaver Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This steep sloped park has a gradually curving paved pathway that leads the hill to Weaver Place. On the slope of this park are small groves of Douglas fir, cedar, arbutus and alder trees. In the spring time flowers bloom to add cover to the moss covered rocks that form the parkland. The view from the top of the hill is westward over Luxton Park and toward Mt Wells Regional Park.Weaver Green Space, Ernhill Park, Isabell Green Space, Sedgwick Park, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space, Luxton Park, Fisher’s Pond Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

 

Geographic location N48° 25’48”  W123°31’41”

 

Weaver Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn off Hwy1 at the Millstream and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway exit. Continue southward along VMP to reach Sooke Road. Turn right onto Sooke Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Turn onto Happy Valley Road and continue along to reach Walfred Road. The trail into Weaver Park is a few meters further along Happy Valley Road just past home 3255. Alternatively continue along Walfred Road to reach Lodmell Road. Turn right onto Lodmell Road and then right onto Weaver Place. The park access is between homes 986 and 982 and looks like private property. There is limited roadside parking along Happy Valley Road. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Isabell Green Space

Isabell Green Space is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This twenty meter long paved pedestrian walkway is also a fire access road that connect the east and west side of Isabell Avenue. The green space is border by the fences of the neighboring homes and grass covered areas. Weaver Park, Ernhill Park, Ed Fisher Memorial Park, Sedgwick Park, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space, Luxton Park, Fisher’s Pond Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 25’48”  W123°31’41”

 

Isabell Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn off Hwy1 at the Millstream and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue along VMP to reach Sooke Road. Turn right onto Sooke Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road then left onto Isabell Avenue. This road is intersected by the parking area for the park.  There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Happy Valley Road.

Ed Fisher Memorial Park

Ed Fisher Memorial Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This one hectare park has a playground, chain-link fenced baseball diamond, an equipment building and walking pathways. The ball field is used seasonal by the Juan de Fuca Soccer Association for soccer games. The playground is separated from the ball field by the parking area. Its play equipment includes a pair of swings of which one is baby seat. A low wooden climbing platform has stairs, monkey bars and a pair of slides that lead to the wood chip base. A rocking toy completes the play area. There are picnic tables, benches and bleachers also found at the park which are shaded in the morning by the tall Douglas fir trees near Isabell Green Space. A few more tall trees are seen along the southern border of the parkland. Ed Fisher Memorial Park is surrounded by private homes in a quiet neighborhood. This park was named after the son the early pioneering family from England who homesteaded and taught in Happy Valley during the eighteen hundred and seventies. Weaver Park, Ernhill Park, Isabell Green Space, Sedgwick Park, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space, Luxton Park, Fisher’s Pond Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 25’49”  W123°31’25”

 

Ed Fisher Memorial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue along south to reach the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn onto Sooke Road and continue along to reach Happy  Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road then left onto Isabell Avenue. This road is intersected by the parking area for the park.  There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Happy Valley Road.

Monnington Park

Monnington Park is a waterfront park along the south shore of Glen Lake in Langford, B.C. This small urban park is surrounded by private single family homes in the peaceful neighborhood of Glen Lake. The gravel pathway from the turnabout in Monnington Place leads about thirty meters to the shoreline. The slope to the water is has two sets of stairs and leads to a steel wharf with handrails. A small wooden dock floats at the water’s edge. There is a ladder for boarding the wharf after a dip in to Glen Lake. A grove of Douglas fir, arbutus and cedar trees provide shade of the parkland. Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-Langford, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Fisher’s Pond Park, Ed Fisher Memorial Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’9”  W123°31’24”

 

Monnington Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue along south to reach the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn onto Sooke Road and continue along to reach Glen Lake Road. Turn right onto Glen Lake Road and look for Monnington Place to the right. The park is located between homes 3153 and 3155.  There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Glen Lake Road.

Glen Willow Green Space

Glen Willow Green Space is in the Glen Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This green space is an asphalt pedestrian walkway that is one hundred and fifteen meters long. It connects Glen Willow Place and Jacklin Road. The pathway is bordered by private fenced and chain-link fences on both sides. Arbutus trees, Douglas fir and small shrubs shade the pathway that ends in the small parking area along Jacklin Road. Glen Lake Park,  City Center Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-Langford, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park and Glen Cove Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’14”  W123°30’54”

 

Glen Willow Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue along south to reach the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Cross over Jacklin Road to reach Jenkins Road. Take the first left onto Glen Lake Road and continue as the road reaches a junction with Glennan Road and Glen Willow Place. Note that Glen Lake Road also connects with Jenkins Road further west. Turn left onto Glen Willow and look for the walkway between homes 945 and 942. Alternatively the footpath can be found between home 3100 and 3116 along Jacklin Road.   There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Jacklin Road.

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