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.
Belmont Secondary School Green Space is near the northwest shore of Glen Lake in Langford, B.C. It lies upslope from the Goudy Sports Field in the City Center Park and Langford Lake. This green space was once the school grounds of Glen Lake Elementary School, the Sooke School District #62, that was built in nineteen sixty one. The original Belmont High was along Jacklin Road. Its removal makes room for commercial and residential developments. Douglas fir trees and a few arbutus trees border along Glen Lake Road near this green space. A few more Douglas fir and cedar trees are found to the west of the building. Several street trees have been planted in areas in the parking lot for the school. Irwin Park, City Center Park, Shoreview Park, Westhills Park, the Galloping Goose Trail-Langford, Langford Lake Park, Leigh Beach Park, Mount Wells Regional Park and Glen Lake Park are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 26’33” W123°31’42”
Belmont Secondary School Green Space 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. Turn right onto Glen Lake Road and look for the school on the right near Goudy Turf Field in City Center Park. Alternatively you can reach Sooke Road from VMP. Continue along Sooke Road to Glen Lake Road. Turn onto Glen Lake Road and continue along as the road curves to the right and look for the school grounds on the left. There is parking this area. City buses travel along Glen Lake Road.
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.
Crystalview Elementary School Green Space is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Surrounded by Douglas fir and Garry oak forests, this two hectare green space is formed by a sport field, play areas and a playground. The grass field is a flat outdoor space in this rather steep sloped neighborhood and is a great place to toss a Frisbee or kick a ball around. The playground is set on wood chips with a slide, monkey bars and climbing apparatus. The play areas are asphalt with white paint outline hopscotch and four corner games. This property is part of the Sooke School District 62 and has limited access during school hours. The green space borders on Mill Hill Regional Park and Millpond Park. Ruby Court Park, Mill Hill Regional Park, Crystalview Park, Nugget Park, Tanzanita Park and the Galloping Goose Trail are nearby.
Geographic location N48° 27’11” W123°28’40”
Crystalview Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn south onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn left onto Hoffman Avenue then right onto Winster Road and left onto Atkin Road. At the four way stop, make a soft turn onto Silverstone Way and continue up the hill to find the yellow gates and sign for the school grounds at 2662. There is limited parking near the school during school hours. City buses travel along Atkins Road.
A spacious grass sports field marked with goal posts and lined by tall horse chestnut, London plane and Garry oak trees with a beautiful brick school building forms the Ecole Margaret Jenkins Elementary Green Space. The school is part of the Victoria School District 61 and was built in nineteen fourteen. It was named for a school trustee and teacher. There are two playground equipment areas for children at this school. One is a colorful interconnected metal structure with low platforms and various monkey bar and climbable areas. The other has colorful climbing structures and includes balancing stepping posts, a curly pole, stairs, chain link ladder and arched ladders that lead up to a platform with slides. There are two basketball courts near this western playground site. A third full size basketball court is closer to Chandler Street. There is a two pieces of play equipment near this court: a tall metal slide and a arched monkey bar. This green space is close to Chandler Gonzales Pathway which leads toward Pemberton Park and Glenlyon Norfolk Green Space, Wilmer Green and Maddison Green. Gonzales Hill Park and Gonzales Beach are to the east and south. Hollywood Park is west along Fairfield Road. The Victoria Heritage Foundation has further information about the Fairfield and Rockland area of Victoria, BC.
Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ W123° 19′ 45″
Ecole Margaret Jenkins Elementary Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Richmond Avenue. Turn left onto Richmond Avenue and look for the school on the right. There is roadside parking along Richmond, Chandler, Foul Bay or Fairfield roads. The school has a small parking area. City buses travel along Fairfield Road and Foul Bay Road between downtown and the University of Victoria.
This 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.