At just over two hectares, Pemberton Park has a bit for everyone: forest trails, playground, baseball diamond with large backstop and bleachers as well as toilets. The southeastern side of the park has pathway through the Douglas fir, big leaf maples and horse chestnut trees. There are several berry bushes including a few blackberries, snow berries and salmon berries. The large grassy field is use by the Bays United Football Club and Beacon Hill Little League Baseball; check their websites to find out when games are hosted at the park. The playground has double sets of toddler and child swings. Set in the sand base is a wooden climbing structure with a curly slide and monkey bars. This park is popular with families, dog walkers, hikers and sport supporters. This park is currently an off leash park for dog. The park was named for the civil engineer and surveyor JD Pemberton of the mid eighteen-fifties. He held title to land that included nearly all of Oak Bay and much of Fernwood. Pemberton Park is close to Glenlyon Norfolk School Green Space, Wilmer Green and Maddison Green. The Chandler Gonzales Pathway, across Gonzales Road, leads south toward Ecole Margaret Jenkins Elementary Green Space. A few blocks further are Gonzales Beach and Gonzales Hill Regional Park. This is a wonderful place to explore in your backyard.
Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 7” W123° 19′ 44″
Pemberton Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Richmond Road. Turn left onto Richmond Road then right onto Richardson Street. The park is on the junction of Richardson and Gonzales Avenue. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road between downtown and the University of Victoria.
While Glenlyon Norfolk School Green Space has limited access it is does have some terrific outdoor spaces to enjoy. Located in the quiet residential neighborhood of Rockland in Victoria, BC, this collection of buildings for the senior students is called the Pemberton Woods Campus; there are a couple of big leaf maple and Garry oak trees. Along Richmond Road is an artificial turf marked for soccer and rugby that is frequented by sports teams from around South Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland area of Vancouver. There is a wonderful playground at the end of Bank Street that has a variety of climbing apparatus and platforms combined with slides and monkey bars. There are climbing spirals, arches and ladders set on a woodchip base. Next to the playground is a basketball court and just past that is small grass covered area. A large horse chestnut tree shades most of the grassy area which has a perimeter of cedar hedge trees. A concrete pathway connects Bank and Maddison streets. This area has limited access at all times. Wilmer Green is about a block north along Maddison Street. Pemberton Park is about the same distance south.
Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ 14” W123° 19′ 46″ along Maddison Street
Glenlyon Norfolk School Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fort Street and continue on Oak Bay Avenue. Turn left onto Richmond Road and at the y-shaped intersection turn right onto Quamichan Street. Turn right onto Bank Street or continue to Maddison Street then turn right. There is limited parking along either of these two streets. There is small parking area off of Maddison Street.