Ecole Millstream Elementary School is located in the Thetis Heights neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The school was built in nineteen fifty nine and is part of the Sooke School District number sixty two. The green space is about one and half hectares in size and dominated to two large grassy fields with goal posts at the ends. The two playgrounds are at opposite ends of the green space. Asphalt along the sides of the school building is painted with hopscotch and four square games. The basketball court is at the back of the school grounds near a playground. Benches are found throughout the green space. The playground near the front of the school has climbing apparatus with several platforms. Use the climber’s slope, fireman’s pole, spiral bars, curved monkey bars. A yellow double slide is separate as are the swings. The set at the back of the school has swings and climbing apparatus. There are raised garden beds near the school. Mill Stream flows along the back of the school grounds separated by a chain link fence and the Millstream Creek Trail. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. Goldie Park, Millstream Creek Park, Millstream Creek Trail, Thetis Lake Park and Selwyn Road Park are nearby. This is an excellent green space to enjoy after school.
Geographic location N48° 27’56” W123°29’47”
Ecole Millstream Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue to the log house pub and turn right onto Treanor Avenue and turn left on to Hoy Lake Avenue. There is parking along the school grounds beside Hoy Lake Avenue. City buses travel along Treanor Avenue.
This green space was developed when the school was built, in the Saanich School District # 62, following the design elements for the year 2009. The school building is a lot less institutional looking than the older schools in this area. The Gulam roof beams are oriented skyward to improve natural lighting and ventilation. The green space includes the large grass covered fields and smaller paved areas with markings for organized sports. There are few natural play elements and pathways leading to the play areas. The playground has a couple of sections which include a cable structure for climbing, swings and an elaborate playset. The children who use these play areas are protected by wood chip material. The replanted area is protected by a cedar fence system and there are a few raised garden beds. Kelset Elementary is part of the school-based weather network for Vancouver Island. Additionally, the property has improved water disposal with a swale system. It is worth exploring this green space in your backyard. This green space is best used outside of school times.
Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 29″ W123° 25′ 12″
The elementary school green space can be reached from Pat Bay highway. Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, a unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road to the East Saanich Road intersection. Turn left onto East Saanich Road then right onto Forest Park Drive. Panorama Leisure Center is on the right and the school yard is the left. Alternatively, catch a city bus to this green space from along East Saanich Road.