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.

Glen Lake Park

Glen Lake Park is along the west shore of Glen Lake in Langford, B.C. This park hosts lake front sandy beach access to the water, a short wharf, a spray play area and a playground. The waterpark and playground are separated by a low concrete wall. The grass covered area has a pathway from the parking area. A landscaped water drainage garden borders the private homes beside the park. Picnic tables, several benches and a privy are partially shaded by tall Douglas fir and cedar trees along the north side of the park. Glen Lake Park also hosts a dog park area as dogs are not allowed in the children’s play area. The dog park is also along the shore and has a ten meter wharf and sandy beach area. There is also a grass covered area. A three meter wooden pedestrian bridge connects the two sections of the park. 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. Shoreview Park, City Center – Hull Trail, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Galloping Goose Trail, Glen Cove Park, Leigh Beach Park, Langford Lake Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’26”  W123°31’38”

 

Glen Lake Park 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 once across Jacklin Road. Turn right onto Glen Lake Road and continue past Belmont Secondary School on the right. Turn left onto Glenview Place and follow the road to the parking area. City buses travel along Glen Lake Road.

Langford Lake Park

Langford Lake Park is in Langford, B.C. It is also known as Leigh Beach Park as it can be accessed near the end of Leigh Road. This large waterfront park has a walking trail, washrooms, playground, picnic tables, benches, fishing wharves and several sections with boardwalks. The park is hosts most of the four and half kilometer long Ed Nixon Trail which circles the lake. Black cottonwood, Douglas fir, arbutus and red alder trees are seen in this park.

Langford Lake, along with Glen Lake and Florence Lake, is a natural glacial kettle formed by glacial drift during the last ice age. Inflow to Langford Lake is primarily through storm water ponds and weir located at along the southeast shoreline. The original drainage of the lake was altered when the railway berm was constructed in the nineteen thirties. Langford Lake’s outflow is through a drainage ditch with a large culvert into Langford Creek and onto Goldstream River. These waters eventually reach Saanich Inlet and the Salish Sea. Monitoring of the sixty one hectares that form Langford Lake is a combined effort of the Langford Lake Area Protection Society and British Columbia’s Lake Stewardship and Monitoring Program. Since the installation of an aerator system, Langford Lake has become a user-friendly lake for water enthusiasts. Overseen by the City of Langford under guidelines from British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment, the drainage system is set to maintain a constant water level during the summer. With an average depth of nine meters and maximum depth of sixteen meters, Langford Lake reaches its highest water level during rainy winter months. Langford Lake was once a source of domestic water supply but today its six kilometer shoreline is a source of recreation for lakeside property owners with six public access areas. Several public swimming areas may be found around Langford Lake as well as two other public beaches. Boaters, canoers and kayakers can use the boat launch found at the lake’s southeast end. To help maintain Langford Lake’s quiet and peaceful setting, outboard motors and personal water craft are not permitted. Three wheelchair accessible fishing floats are provided by the City of Langford. The lake is annually stocked with seven hundred and fifty rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) although the waters might contain native fish called peamouth minnows (Mylocheilus caurinus). Trout and other introduced fish such as small mouth bass, pumpkin seed sunfish and yellow perch are caught by local fishers.  Native fish, like M. caurinus, are rare since like many freshwater fish, these minnows are not capable of surviving in salt water to have swum to the island.  Leigh Beach Park, Le Quesne Park, Flute Lane Park, City Center Park, Westhills Park, Goudy Park, Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Glen Lake Park and Irwin Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’39”  W123° 31’ 34”

 

Langford Lake Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn right onto Goldstream Avenue. Continue on Leigh Road as it curves past the lakefront homes to the west. The park is on the right near the rail way track.  There is a large gravel parking area and limited roadside parking this area. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue and Langford Parkway.

 

Leigh Beach Park

Leigh Rd beach park Langford

Leigh Beach Park is in the Langford Lake area of Langford, B.C. This small waterfront park has washrooms, playground, picnic tables and benches. The playground has rubber matting under the climbing and swinging apparatus. A small grass covered area is on a low plateau overlooking the beach and playground where a few Douglas fir, arbutus and small shrubs remain. There is room to launch a personal watercraft like a kayak, board, or canoe from the beach area. A thirty meter boardwalk, part of the Ed Nixon Trail, lies along the road on the south side of the parkland. Seasonally a small raft is anchored off shore and used as a swimming platform. The park is right beside the Ed Nixon Trail, which lies mostly in Langford Lake Park. Langford Lake Park, Le Quesne Park, Flute Lane Park, City Center Park,  Belmont Secondary School Green Space, Glen Lake Park, Westhills Park and Irwin Park are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’39”  W123°31’34”

 

Leigh Road Beach Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn right onto Goldstream Avenue. Continue on Leigh Road and look for a gravel parking area on the left. The park is about twenty meters further along the road. Alternatively use Langford Parkway, accessed from Jacklin Road, and park in several of the parking areas for the City Center Park and Goudy Park. There is limited roadside parking near the beach. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue and Langford Parkway.

Centennial Park – Langford

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Centennial Park is in the downtown area of Langford, B.C. This park is also known as Carlow as well as Kinsmen and Langford Fastball Park. Presumably it was established for the centennial celebration of the formation of the Colony of British Columbia in eighteen fifty-eight. Centennial Park is about three hectares in size. The park hosts a splash park, two play ground areas, a concession and washroom building, four fastball fields and tennis courts. The playgrounds lie on either side of the splash park. One play area has a series of climbable structures with ramps, double slides and a bridge over the pea gravel base. The other play area is a large climbable web suspended between three arched poles. The rubber mat surfacing has been used under this structure. The splash park has several spouts of water as well as a long slide that is surrounded by rocks and concrete. There are benches along the perimeter of the play areas as well as a few picnic tables. The concession is open seasonal and for some ball games. The washroom is also open seasonally. Each ball diamond has bleachers and covered dugouts for the teams. The diamonds have perimeter chain link fences. The fields are the home of the Langford Minor Fastball Club. There is a batting cage along the south side of the west field as well as storage sheds. The tennis courts are best accessed from Tennis Court Lane off of Rita Road. The tall chain link fence, with door-sized gates on either end, surrounds the two courts which have benches for seating and gear. A tall giant sequoia tree provides shade over the tennis courts in the afternoon. The north and south sides of the sports fields are lined with a twenty foot tall cedar hedge which has individual trees replaced over the years. A foot path along the perimeter, about five hundred and fifty meters long, has with gravel and paved sections. Knotty Pine Park, Kerr Goldstream Green Space, Spencer Middle School Green Space and Langford Lake Park North are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’55” W123°30’48”

 

Centennial 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. Then make a left turn left onto Carlow Street. The park is on the right. There is a small parking lot as well as roadside parking near the park. The park can also be access from a pathway that connects to Sybronden Road Alternative parking is found near the tennis court access from Tennis Court Lane. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue and the Trolley provides service along Carlow Street.

Ruth King Elementary School Green Space

Ruth King Elementary School Green Space is in the downtown area of Langford, B.C. Evelyn “Ruth” King was a teacher and principal at in the Sooke School District who was known for her independent, strong and loving approach to education. This green space is available outside of school usage. This three hectare school yard has a one and half meter tall chain link fence along the perimeter of grounds with a number of openings for pedestrians. A stroll along the perimeter is about seven hundred and fifty meters. There are several sports fields for soccer, baseball, football as well as a paved court for basketball games. The two playgrounds are found at the ends of the school along Jacklin Road. The southern play ground has climbing apparatus that leads to a platform play area while the northern play area has a small set of climbing areas with slides. Several swings are found here too. Sunderland Peatt Green Space, Arnote Park, Sunderland Deville Green Space, Porcher Park and Peatt Green Space are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 27’5” W123° 30’ 19”

 

Ruth King Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road/Veterans Memorial Parkway and head south to reach Goldstream Avenue. Turn right and travel along Goldstream Avenue to reach Jacklin Road. Make a right turn onto Jacklin Road and look for the green space on the left. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue.

Veteran’s Memorial Park

Veteran’s Memorial Park is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of downtown Langford, B.C. Located on the corner of Goldstream Ave and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, this three thousand four hundred and eighty square meter park has amenities for everyone. The playground has unique climbing hexagons and stands near the play set that has stairs, ladders and bars to reach the platform with a slide. The playground is set on rubber matting that has been colored blue and black. The namesake for the park is the cenotaph with seven foot tall sheet draped statue of “Canada” which is a replica of the Vimy Ridge statute of a weeping mother. “Canada” was commissioned by Derek Rowe in two thousand and one. Cedar and pine trees shade the rectangular water fountain and a wooden covered bandstand gazebo. Benches line the plaza of the parkland near the cenotaph while rhododendrons and smaller shrubs line the trees and cedar hedges shelter the park from the busy streets. There are several donated benches including one that hosts sculptures of the local legion president Harry Groom sitting on the bench showing a poppy to a youngster. This is one of six bronze artworks created by Derek Rowe for the beautification of downtown Langford. This park also hosts a water spray park, a seasonal toilet, grass covered areas with concrete and brick walkways though the landscaped. Royal Colwood Golf Club, Veteran’s Memorial Parkway Park, Danbrooke Park, Crossroads Park, Windman Park and the Trans Canada Trail – Langford are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’48” W123° 29’ 43”

 

Veteran’s Memorial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road/Veterans Memorial Parkway and head south to reach Goldstream Avenue. Turn left and then make the first right turn onto Aldwynd Road and look for the park on the right. There is limited roadside parking this area and a small parking lot along Aldwynd Road. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway.