A.T. Gordon Memorial Park

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This park is the legacy of volunteer firefighter and gentle man who resided  in Langford: Mister Alexander Thomas Gordon. The park has baseball diamond with chain link fencing, a seasonal concession, picnic tables and washrooms. There is also a playground and walking trail along Nisbit Creek. The playground has some climbing apparatus, monkey bars and swings set on a wood chip base. The three hundred meter long walking trail is past the park toward the northeast corner. A few urban trees have been planted in this park including maple and oak. The wind row on the west side has blackberry bushes while the foot path is bordered by alder and cottonwood trees. There are some seasonal wetlands along the footpath and are protected by a short boardwalk and bridge. This park is labeled Valley View Park on some maps. The Galloping Goose Trail – Langford borders on this park.  Willing Park, Wild Ridge Park, Vitality Park, Linda Loma Park and the Southern Vancouver Island Rangers Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 24’34”  W123°32’18”

 

A.T. Gordon Memorial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue south to reach Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue on the Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and turn left onto Wild Ridge Way. AT Gordon Memorial P and baseball diamond are on the left where there is small parking area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Kinglet Park

Kinglet Park 3

Kinglet Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This small park hosts a playground underlain with wood chips and a small grass covered area. It lies on the western slope of Triangular Hill, also called Triangle Mountain. The park has been landscaped with several urban trees. The footpath in Turnstone Park is a short walk. Braeburn Park, Luxton Park, Thrush Park, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space and the Galloping Goose Trail – Langford are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 25’26”  W123°31’45”

 

Kinglet  Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn off Hwy1 at the Millstream and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue along VMP to reach Sooke Road. Turn right onto Sooke Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Follow Happy Valley Road to reach Turnstone Drive on the left past Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space. Turn left onto Turnstone Drive to reach Kinglet Place. The park at the junction of these roads. There is limited roadside parking this neighborhood. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

Ernhill Park

Ernhill Park is in the Braemar Heights neighborhood of Langford. B.C. This eighth of a hectare parkland has a swing set and climbing equipment for children. The playground is set in a pea gravel base. A partial fence lines the east and south sides of the parkland. A small stream flows in the southern side of the park toward Firehall Creek and Bilston Creek. The small stream eventually leads into the ocean waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The stream is shaded by cottonwood trees. A footpath from the west side of Ernhill Park connects to Isabell Avenue. Ed Fisher Memorial Park, Glen Cove Park, Glen Lake Park, Cy Jenkins Trail, Galloping Goose Trail – Langford, Isabell Green Space, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space and Weaver Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 26’7”  W123°31’5”

 

Ernhill 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 Jacklin Road. Turn left onto the upper section of Jacklin Road and look for Ernhill Drive on the right. The park is located at the junction of Ernhill Drive and Southglen Drive.  There is a small gravel parking area near the Ernhill Park. City buses travel along Jacklin Road.

South Vancouver Island Rangers Green Space

South Vancouver Island Rangers Green Space is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Established in 1941, these members’ only grounds host a facility originally built in 1948. The green space is available for rental with sites for trap and skeet shooting, barbequing, picnicking, children’s playing and camping. There is limited access into this green space as it is for members only. The thirteen and half hectare property is bisected by Bilston Creek and is border by the Linda Loma Park and the Galloping Goose Trail – Langford. Bilston Creek drains via Witty’s Lagoon Park into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Covered mostly Douglas fir and arbutus trees, the grounds have extensive grasslands for the various activities and several walking trails. Ed Fisher Memorial Park, Glen Cove Park, Glen Lake Park, Cy Jenkins Trail, Galloping Goose Trail – Langford, Isabell Green Space, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space and Weaver Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 25’11”  W123°32’11”

 

South Vancouver Island Rangers Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream exit and continue south to reach the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn onto Sooke Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road or travel further along to reach Luxton Road. Follow Happy Valley Road southward to reach Luxton Road. The green space is at 3498 Luxton Road and has a sign beside the wooden gate and fenced property. City buses travel along Luxton and Happy Valley roads.

 

See the South Vancouver Island Rangers website for a summary of the history of the formation and contributions of the society.

Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space

Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This green space is on the western slope of Triangular Hill where a large grass covered sports field was created with the new school building. There are a couple of playgrounds and a partial basketball court. The playgrounds are near the northwest side of the Sooke School District 62 building built in 2006 with reconfiguration in 2010. The smaller colorful playground is for the youngest children at the school and has a low platform with a slide and variety of climbing, swinging and other play structures set on a wood chip base. The other play area consists of several different structures including a swing set with six swings. A climbing apparatus with slide and three rectangular monkey bar contraptions. The basketball court is on the eastside of the school yard is partially covered with a portable classroom. A chain-link fence surrounds the school yard with several parking areas. The green space is available outside of school hours. This green space has been school grounds since nineteen twelve when a single building housed the teacher and her students. The school was named area which was named for the atmosphere that early pioneers brought to the area in the late eighteen hundreds. Weaver Park, Weaver Green Space, Ed Fisher Memorial Park, Ernhill Park, Isabell Green Space, Sedgwick Park, Luxton Park, Fisher’s Pond Park, Galloping Goose Trail – Langford  and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 25’44”  W123°31’45”

 

Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn off Hwy1 at the Millstream and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Continue along VMP to reach Sooke Road. Turn right onto Sooke Road and continue to Happy Valley Road. Follow Happy Valley Road to reach the school grounds. There is a pedestrian access from Weaver Place to the school yard. The grass field can be reached from Weaver Green Space, Blueberry Lane and Acadian Road. There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Happy Valley Road.

 

See the Happy Valley Elementary School website for a summary of the history of the school.

Ed Fisher Memorial Park

Ed Fisher Memorial Park is in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This one hectare park has a playground, chain-link fenced baseball diamond, an equipment building and walking pathways. The ball field is used seasonal by the Juan de Fuca Soccer Association for soccer games. The playground is separated from the ball field by the parking area. Its play equipment includes a pair of swings of which one is baby seat. A low wooden climbing platform has stairs, monkey bars and a pair of slides that lead to the wood chip base. A rocking toy completes the play area. There are picnic tables, benches and bleachers also found at the park which are shaded in the morning by the tall Douglas fir trees near Isabell Green Space. A few more tall trees are seen along the southern border of the parkland. Ed Fisher Memorial Park is surrounded by private homes in a quiet neighborhood. This park was named after the son the early pioneering family from England who homesteaded and taught in Happy Valley during the eighteen hundred and seventies. Weaver Park, Ernhill Park, Isabell Green Space, Sedgwick Park, Happy Valley Elementary School Green Space, Luxton Park, Fisher’s Pond Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 25’49”  W123°31’25”

 

Ed Fisher Memorial 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 Happy  Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road then left onto Isabell Avenue. This road is intersected by the parking area for the park.  There is limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Happy Valley Road.

Luxton Park

Luxton Park baseball

Luxton Park in in the Langford, B.C. This fourteen hectare privately owned property hosts community events like the Luxton Fair and seasonal Farmers Markets. This private park area is owned by the Metchosin Farmers Institute since the early nineteen hundreds. Many of the buildings in the fairground were built during the nineteen twenties. The park has a large chain-linked fenced baseball diamond that is used by the ballplayers in the Triangle Athletic Association. The ball park has a concession booth and sets of bleachers. The playground, best accessed from Penwood Road, has some unique structures. There are swings mixed with teeter-totters and a lookout “crow’s nest” climbing structure. There is also a curving monkey bars set with raised covered tunnels as well as a high slide. This could be an interesting place to do some parkour. The toilets and several picnic areas are open periodically when events are hosted. Firehall Creek flows though the property toward Bilston Creek with tributaries that flow down from the north. Bilston Creek eventually reaches the Salish Sea at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Riparian plants such as Himalayan blackberries, willows, elderberry, elder, cattails, horsetail, indian plum and ocean spray, grow along the banks of the creek. Galloping Goose Trail-Langford borders along the eastern side of the parkland and provides an alternative way to visit the park during events. Reginald Park, City Center Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Ernhill Park, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Fisher’s Pond Park, Chan Hillside Park, Young Green Space, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 25’47”  W123°32’4”

 

Luxton Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millsteam Road exit and continue along to turn head onto Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Follow VMP to reach Sooke Road. Follow Sooke Road to Luxton Road. The green space is on the corner of Sooke Road and Luxton Road. While there is limited roadside parking this area there are several small parking areas off Marwood Avenue. The park lies between Marwood Avenue and Penwood Road. City buses travel along Sooke Road.