Kelset Elementary School Green Space, North Saanich

Kelset Elementary School Green SpaceThis green space was developed when the school was built, in the Saanich School District # 62, following the design elements for the year 2009. The school building is a lot less institutional looking than the older schools in this area. The Gulam roof beams are oriented skyward to improve natural lighting and ventilation. The green space includes the large grass covered fields and smaller paved areas with markings for organized sports. There are few natural play elements and pathways leading to the play areas. The playground has a couple of sections which include a cable structure for climbing, swings and an elaborate playset. The children who use these play areas are protected by wood chip material. The replanted area is protected by a cedar fence system and there are a few raised garden beds. Kelset Elementary is part of the school-based weather network for Vancouver Island. Additionally, the property has improved water disposal with a swale system. It is worth exploring this green space in your backyard. This green space is best used outside of school times.
Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 29″ W123° 25′ 12″
The elementary school green space can be reached from Pat Bay highway. Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, a unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road to the East Saanich Road intersection. Turn left onto East Saanich Road then right onto Forest Park Drive. Panorama Leisure Center is on the right and the school yard is the left. Alternatively, catch a city bus to this green space from along East Saanich Road.

Panorama Recreation Center Park

Eric Sherman Trail, Panorama Rec Center, North SaanichThese wonderful set of outdoor areas: park, playground and forest trail, are set outside the extensive rooms of the Panorama Recreation Center, a facility designed for all kinds of sports. The grassy parkland is located outside parking area near the main entrance of the center. A pedestrian pathway leads across the parking lot to the manicured lawn and the play equipment. The play equipment is surrounded by large sand-filled area and includes timbers laid and interconnected for balancing acts as well as a playset with a slide and platforms. The basketball court is good especially you bring some chalk to mark out the lines. There are tennis courts around the back of facility which can be reached by using the old Panaroma trail, now called the Eric Sherwood Trail. This trail follows beside East Saanich Road along the southern side of the parking area, up along the back areas of the parking lot then through the forest area before reaching Forest Park Road across from Kelset Elementary School. The ice rink, swimming pool and other exercise rooms are in the Recreation Center. The Eric Sherwood Trail is about one kilometer.
Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 30″ W123° 25′ 14″
You can get to Panorama Recreation Center Park from Pat Bay highway. Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, a unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road to the East Saanich Road intersection. Turn left onto East Saanich Road and look for the Center on the right. Turn right onto Forest Park Drive and then left into the parking area. Alternatively, catch bus 70 to this park from along East Saanich Road.