Monnington Park

Monnington Park is a waterfront park along the south shore of Glen Lake in Langford, B.C. This small urban park is surrounded by private single family homes in the peaceful neighborhood of Glen Lake. The gravel pathway from the turnabout in Monnington Place leads about thirty meters to the shoreline. The slope to the water is has two sets of stairs and leads to a steel wharf with handrails. A small wooden dock floats at the water’s edge. There is a ladder for boarding the wharf after a dip in to Glen Lake. A grove of Douglas fir, arbutus and cedar trees provide shade of the parkland. Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-Langford, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Fisher’s Pond Park, Ed Fisher Memorial Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’9”  W123°31’24”

 

Monnington Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue along south to reach the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn onto Sooke Road and continue along to reach Glen Lake Road. Turn right onto Glen Lake Road and look for Monnington Place to the right. The park is located between homes 3153 and 3155.  There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Glen Lake Road.

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Fisher’s Pond Park

 

Fisher’s Pond Park is a wetlands area near Glen Lake in Langford, B.C. This park is also referred to as Fisher’s Field. The eleven and half hectare parkland is on the eastern side of Mt Wells Regional Park and is mostly surrounded by private single family homes. There is a proposal to create a parkland that will form a partial wildlife corridor from this wetland to the Sooke Hills. This nature park is a wildlife refuge with a gravel walkway to a boardwalk lookout point. The pathway is about one hundred and eighty meters long. Fisher’s Pond is filled by seasonal rainfall and drains towards Parkdale Creek that runs along the north side of the park. Parkdale Creek connects with Glen Lake and is part of the Colwood Creek watershed. The deciduous forest area is filled with alder, salmonberry, hardhack, red-flowering currant, cedar and Douglas fir trees. Lily pads and marshlands provide habitat for overwintering and breeding waterfowl. Bullfrogs and other animals live in the park amongst the seasonal wildflower such as shooting star, sea blush, skunk cabbage, white fawn lily, common camas, western trillium, western butter cup and fairyslipper or Calypso bulbosa. Irwin Park, City Center Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail-Langford, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Chan Hillside Park, Reginald Park, Young Green Space, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 25’59”  W123°31’41”

 

Fisher’s Pond Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue along south to reach the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn onto Sooke Road and continue just past Glen Lake Road. Look for the park entrance between homes 2762 and 2756 Sooke Road.  There is a small gravel parking area near this entrance. There is also easement access to the park from along Glen Lake Road between homes 3150 and 3154. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Glen Lake Road.

Glen Cove Park

boardwalk on Glen Lake east end

Glen Cove Park is in Langford, B.C. This park lies on the south side of Glen Lake. This nature park has the wetlands and outlet of Glen Lake which flows toward Colwood Creek and can only be accessed from trails that lead into the park. A feature in this parkland is the boardwalk that connects the Galloping Goose Trail with the Cy Jenkins Trail.  The Cy Jenkins Trail leads from Loch Glen Road and continues south to the Galloping Goose Trail-Langford. Alder, salmonberry, red-flowering currant, cedar and Douglas fir trees fill the deciduous forest area. Lily pads and marshlands provide habitat for butterflies and overwintering and breeding shore birds and waterfowl. Glen Lake is part of the Colwood Creek Watershed and collects water from Humpback Reservoir and Irwin Ponds which are connected by Parkdale Creek. This watershed has an area of 1194 hectares including storm drains in the surrounded communities. Eventually the waters from Glen Lake reach the Salish Sea as the lake drains into Colwood Creek on the eastern shore. The lake has a surface area of about seventeen hectares and lies at an altitude of sixty-seven meters. The beach area is good launching personal watercraft like canoe, paddle boards and kayaks. There is an aeration system in the lake which helps support a healthy water quality for the small mouth bass, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. The latter two species have been released into the lake since the nineteen eighties.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’7”  W123°31’4”

 

Glen Cove Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue along south to reach the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn onto Kelly Road near the south end of the shopping area. Cross over Jacklin Road to reach Jenkins Road. Turn left onto Glen Lake Road and continue to the end. A pedestrian access in found between homes.  There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Jacklin Road.

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.

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.