Fireman’s Park

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Fireman’s Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. A brick building and fire tower house the fire station and police department for the Municipality of Oak Bay.  Across the parking lot is Fireman’s Park.  It includes Jack Groove’s field and baseball diamonds.  The eastern diamond is shaded by a couple of tall giant sequoia trees. There are several tall Garry oak trees near the play areas. Fireman’s Park is a good place for throwing around the baseball or frisbee as well as catching a baseball game during the season.  There is a playground with a slide, swings and sandbox.  A monkey bar completes the play area. Bowker Creek Park is across St Ann’s Street and the Oak Bay Community Garden plots are across the Monteith Road. This is a place to start your walk along Bowker Creek Walkway.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 46”  W123º 18’ 42”

Fireman’s Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn left off of Foul Bay Road onto Cadboro Bay Road then take the first right turn after the high school onto Canmore Street. Continue along Canmore to reach St Ann’s Street and turn right onto St Ann’s Street.  The park is on the left side of the fire hall and buildings. There is limited street parking. City buses travel along Cadboro Bay Road.

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A.T. Gordon Memorial Park

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This park is the legacy of volunteer firefighter and gentle man who resided  in Langford: Mister Alexander Thomas Gordon. The park has baseball diamond with chain link fencing, a seasonal concession, picnic tables and washrooms. There is also a playground and walking trail along Nisbit Creek. The playground has some climbing apparatus, monkey bars and swings set on a wood chip base. The three hundred meter long walking trail is past the park toward the northeast corner. A few urban trees have been planted in this park including maple and oak. The wind row on the west side has blackberry bushes while the foot path is bordered by alder and cottonwood trees. There are some seasonal wetlands along the footpath and are protected by a short boardwalk and bridge. This park is labeled Valley View Park on some maps. The Galloping Goose Trail – Langford borders on this park.  Willing Park, Wild Ridge Park, Vitality Park, Linda Loma Park and the Southern Vancouver Island Rangers Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 24’34”  W123°32’18”

 

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue south to reach Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue on the Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and turn left onto Wild Ridge Way. AT Gordon Memorial P and baseball diamond are on the left where there is small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Luxton Park

Luxton Park baseball

Luxton Park in in the Langford, B.C. This fourteen hectare privately owned property hosts community events like the Luxton Fair and seasonal Farmers Markets. This private park area is owned by the Metchosin Farmers Institute since the early nineteen hundreds. Many of the buildings in the fairground were built during the nineteen twenties. The park has a large chain-linked fenced baseball diamond that is used by the ballplayers in the Triangle Athletic Association. The ball park has a concession booth and sets of bleachers. The playground, best accessed from Penwood Road, has some unique structures. There are swings mixed with teeter-totters and a lookout “crow’s nest” climbing structure. There is also a curving monkey bars set with raised covered tunnels as well as a high slide. This could be an interesting place to do some parkour. The toilets and several picnic areas are open periodically when events are hosted. Firehall Creek flows though the property toward Bilston Creek with tributaries that flow down from the north. Bilston Creek eventually reaches the Salish Sea at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Riparian plants such as Himalayan blackberries, willows, elderberry, elder, cattails, horsetail, indian plum and ocean spray, grow along the banks of the creek. Galloping Goose Trail-Langford borders along the eastern side of the parkland and provides an alternative way to visit the park during events. Reginald Park, City Center Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Ernhill Park, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Fisher’s Pond Park, Chan Hillside Park, Young Green Space, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 25’47”  W123°32’4”

 

Luxton Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millsteam Road exit and continue along to turn head onto Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Follow VMP to reach Sooke Road. Follow Sooke Road to Luxton Road. The green space is on the corner of Sooke Road and Luxton Road. While there is limited roadside parking this area there are several small parking areas off Marwood Avenue. The park lies between Marwood Avenue and Penwood Road. City buses travel along Sooke Road.

Philip Brethour Park and Brethour Family Cemetery

This small residential park is near the Victoria Airport hangers. Philip Brethour Park is partly a lovely grass baseball diamond and part sheltered forest area.  The fenced ball diamond is well marked and has bleachers. The western border of the park is protected by a small forest area with trails that meander between cedar and fir trees. The park is bordered by residential homes on the south and eastern sides.

Located closer to the airport hangers along Canora Road, the Brethour Family Cemetery is the burial site used in 1877 for Samuel Brethour’s family.  The Brethour family acquired the lands when the Hudson Bay Company encouraged settlers to the area. The original 500 acres were divided amongst the children who helped to establish the township of Sidney. The graveyard has a protective border of hedges and trees including a Kilmarnock willow tree, Salix caprea and Camperdown Elm tree, Ulmus glabra, a form of Scotch elm; visit with respect and care.

You can get the Brethour Park and cemetery from Pat Bay Highway.  Turn left at Beacon Ave, toward the airport, then immediately left again onto Ocean Avenue.  The ball diamond is on Ocean Avenue with limited roadside parking.  The cemetery is further along the road near the Vancouver Island Helicopter hangar on Canora Road.   A bus travels along a section of Ocean Avenue and provides the closest access to the park.  It is a short walk along Canora Road to reach Reay Creek Park and Greenglade Community Center green space.