Belmont Secondary School Green Space

Belmont Secondary School Green Space is near the northwest shore of Glen Lake in Langford, B.C. It lies upslope from the Goudy Sports Field in the City Center Park and Langford Lake. This green space was once the school grounds of Glen Lake Elementary School, the Sooke School District #62, that was built in nineteen sixty one. The original Belmont High was along Jacklin Road. Its removal makes room for commercial and residential developments. Douglas fir trees and a few arbutus trees border along Glen Lake Road near this green space. A few more Douglas fir and cedar trees are found to the west of the building. Several street trees have been planted in areas in the parking lot for the school.  Irwin Park, City Center Park, Shoreview Park, Westhills Park, the Galloping Goose Trail-Langford, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’33”  W123°31’42”

 

Belmont Secondary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn right onto Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue along VMP to reach Jenkins Ave. Turn left onto Jenkins Ave and continue to the junction with Glen Lake Road. Turn right onto Glen Lake Road and look for the school on the right near Goudy Turf Field in City Center Park.  Alternatively you can reach Sooke Road from VMP. Continue along Sooke Road to Glen Lake Road. Turn onto Glen Lake Road and continue along as the road curves to the right and look for the school grounds on the left. There is parking this area. City buses travel along Glen Lake Road.

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City Center Park – Langford

 

City Center Park is in the Langford and Glen Lake areas of Langford, B.C. The park has seasonal spray-park as well as several active entertainment areas like mini golf, bowling, play zone, ice rink and arena areas. While not a nature park there are a few palm trees near the outdoor spray-park as well as some outdoor sculptures of ice skaters “Grandsons on Ice” sculpted by Armando Barbon. City Center Park includes the Goudy Park, Westhills Stadium and Arena as well as a small pond with a brick pathway. This pathway has outdoor gym that is available year around. Design a workout that includes the rowing apparatus, Tai Chi wheels, pullup bars, dip bars, multibars, angled benches and more. Toilets are available during business hours and special events at the park. This park is close to Leigh Beach Park, Langford Lake Park, Glen Lake Park, Ed Nixon Trail, Le Quesne Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space and several other green spaces.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’35”  W123°31’31”

 

City Center Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn left onto Goldstream Avenue. Follow Goldstream to Jacklin Road and turn onto Jacklin Road to reach Langford Parkway. Continue along Langford Parkway and look for the large signs on the left for the City Center Park. Two turf sports fields lie to the immediate west of this entertainment area. There are ample parking areas near this park. City buses travel along Langford Parkway.

Langford Lake Park

Langford Lake Park is in Langford, B.C. It is also known as Leigh Beach Park as it can be accessed near the end of Leigh Road. This large waterfront park has a walking trail, washrooms, playground, picnic tables, benches, fishing wharves and several sections with boardwalks. The park is hosts most of the four and half kilometer long Ed Nixon Trail which circles the lake. Black cottonwood, Douglas fir, arbutus and red alder trees are seen in this park.

Langford Lake, along with Glen Lake and Florence Lake, is a natural glacial kettle formed by glacial drift during the last ice age. Inflow to Langford Lake is primarily through storm water ponds and weir located at along the southeast shoreline. The original drainage of the lake was altered when the railway berm was constructed in the nineteen thirties. Langford Lake’s outflow is through a drainage ditch with a large culvert into Langford Creek and onto Goldstream River. These waters eventually reach Saanich Inlet and the Salish Sea. Monitoring of the sixty one hectares that form Langford Lake is a combined effort of the Langford Lake Area Protection Society and British Columbia’s Lake Stewardship and Monitoring Program. Since the installation of an aerator system, Langford Lake has become a user-friendly lake for water enthusiasts. Overseen by the City of Langford under guidelines from British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment, the drainage system is set to maintain a constant water level during the summer. With an average depth of nine meters and maximum depth of sixteen meters, Langford Lake reaches its highest water level during rainy winter months. Langford Lake was once a source of domestic water supply but today its six kilometer shoreline is a source of recreation for lakeside property owners with six public access areas. Several public swimming areas may be found around Langford Lake as well as two other public beaches. Boaters, canoers and kayakers can use the boat launch found at the lake’s southeast end. To help maintain Langford Lake’s quiet and peaceful setting, outboard motors and personal water craft are not permitted. Three wheelchair accessible fishing floats are provided by the City of Langford. The lake is annually stocked with seven hundred and fifty rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) although the waters might contain native fish called peamouth minnows (Mylocheilus caurinus). Trout and other introduced fish such as small mouth bass, pumpkin seed sunfish and yellow perch are caught by local fishers.  Native fish, like M. caurinus, are rare since like many freshwater fish, these minnows are not capable of surviving in salt water to have swum to the island.  Leigh Beach Park, Le Quesne Park, Flute Lane Park, City Center Park, Westhills Park, Goudy Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Glen Lake Park and Irwin Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’39”  W123° 31’ 34”

 

Langford Lake Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn right onto Goldstream Avenue. Continue on Leigh Road as it curves past the lakefront homes to the west. The park is on the right near the rail way track.  There is a large gravel parking area and limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue and Langford Parkway.