Fairfield Community Garden

Fairfield Community Garden

A small permaculture garden lies in Porter Park along Thurlow Street. The Fairfield Community Garden has globe artichoke, comfrey, mint, oregano, thyme, yarrow, huckle berry and desert king fig plants which are protected from the deer and other wildlife by wire fencing. The garden plants look young and recently established but with the care of the volunteers from the community and school, this garden can produce some wonderful produce. The garden area is surrounded by a Garry Oak tree meadow and rocky outcrops. Aspen trees border Thurlow Street.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 54” W123° 20′ 45″

Located near Robert Porter Park, Fairfield Community Garden 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. Turn left onto Thurlow Street and look for the garden on the left. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.

 

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.