Robert J. Porter Park

Porter Park arch Porter Park tree

A one and three quarters of a hectare Garry oak meadow with several rocky outcrops forms the Fairfield neighborhood park called Robert John Porter Park. R.J. Porter Junior was the mayor of the City of Victoria from nineteen nineteen to nineteen twentyone. The park is mostly a  natural rocky meadowland with two playgrounds on sand bases. It borders along Fairfield Road although the granite rock outcrop partially obscures the view of most of the parkland. Picnic tables and benches are found in the park. The playground area off of Kipling Street has a tetter-totter, climbing arch, a high long metal slide with a curly pole and four swings, two with toddler seats. This play lot has several large granite boulders and an excellent alder forested area as nature play sites. The second playground is slight north of the first one and lies near the corner of Thurlow and Kipling Streets. It has colorful plywood structures shaped like a rig truck, slide, swing and covered shelter with benches. For the imaginative parent and child this space is fun. The western end of the park has a large grass covered field. The Fairfield Community Garden, Fairfield Community Center and Sir James Douglas Elementary School Green Space lie to the west of Porter Park. Just across Kipling Street is Brooke Street Park.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 50” W123° 20′ 44″

Robert Porter Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Kipling Street. Turn right onto Kipling Street and look for the park to the left. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.

Brooke Street Park

Brooke Street Park

A series of birch trees frame the sports fields of Brooke Street Park on the Brooke Street border. This grass covered parkland is four fifths of a hectare in size and lies in the Fairfield neighborhood of Victoria, B.C. There is a backstop for baseball near the intersection of Brooke Street and Kipling Street as well as one kitty corner in the park, off of Clifford Street. London plane and alder trees frame the park along Clifford Street. The fields are used baseball, rugby and soccer. Porter Park, Sir James Douglas School Green Space, Fairfield Hill Park and Ross Bay are nearby. A one and half story heritage home styled as a Craftsman Bungalow was built in nineteen fourteen. It resides at 1440 Clifford Street which is next to this parkland. Robert J Porter Park with two playgrounds and a natural play area lies across Kipling Street.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 50” W123° 20′ 35″

Brooke Street Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along until Kipling Street. Turn left onto Kipling Street and continue about a block. The park is bordered by Kipling, Brooke, Clifford and Thurlow streets. There is limited roadside parking in this quiet residential neighborhood. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.