Sir James Douglas Elementary School Green Space

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One of several school grounds in the Victoria School District with a weather station, Sir James Douglas Elementary School Green Space is located in the Fairfield community of Victoria, BC. The green spaces around the school have limited access during school hours. Sir James Douglas was the first governor of British Columbia, a landowner in the Fairfield area of Victoria and interred in Ross Bay Cemetery. Many places in British Columbia are named to recognize Sir Douglas. Garry oak and Douglas-fir trees shade much of the school play areas including part of the two basketball courts and four square game areas. There are a couple of playground areas in this green space. The one next to the basketball courts has a climbing metal dome and multilevel platform monkey bar and climbing apparatus. It is set in a woodchip base. The more elaborate play areas are around the back of the school building. The large multilevel platform climbing set is where everyone can climb, swing, slide and play around. Another small metal rectangular monkey bar is set slight east where the Garry oak trees provide some shade. London plane trees, vine maples and laburnum are also seen on the school grounds. Stream of Dream fish mural lines the chainlink fence along Moss stream has been in place since twenty-o-six. Fairfield Community Garden, Porter Park and Brooke Street Park can be found to the east along Thurlow Street. Moss Rock Park is across Fairfield Road.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 58” W123° 20′ 54″

Sir James Douglas Elementary School Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Moss Street. Turn left onto Moss Street and look for the green space to the right. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.

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