Lakewood Elementary School Green Space

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Lakewood Elementary School is part the Sooke School District (number sixty two). The green space includes the large school yard with two large sports fields and several playground areas. The two hectare green space is in the Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The south playground is on a wood chip base with a curved slide with step ladder access and a separate climbing bar set. A few meters up the slope are six swings that are on a wood chip base. Further along the south side of the school grounds is a climbable rope web with an arc shaped. The east playground has two slides connected to climbing, swinging and sliding apparatus that are on raised platforms. The base is composed of wood chips. There are a couple of areas of the asphalt that are lined for basketball as well as hopscotch games. Fifty concrete steps, in four sets of seven and then pairs of two and three, lead up to the grass covered sports field that is surrounded by achain linked fence. The western side of the fence is lined with colorful hand painted wood cut in the shape of fish; this ‘stream of dreams’ was developed to increase awareness that all fish live in water and all that streams of water are where fish live. The closest waterway is Gardner Creek, a seasonal creek, which flows through Setchfield Park and Lake Ida Ann Park toward Mill Stream also known as Millstream Creek. An extensive garden bed lines the sport field along Setchfield Avenue. This green space is available outside of school hours and is a great site for a  parkour workouts. This is a great place to explore in your backyard. Camli Green Space, Lake Ida Ann Park, Ashley Green Space, Jamie Green Space, Setchfield Park, Shaw Park and Ironwood Park are nearby.

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Lakewood Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue to the log house pub to turn left onto Treanor Avenue. Look for the fire lane that connects to small parking area, at the back of the school, between houses 753 and 749. The main entrance and parking for the school is along Setchfield Avenue which is reached by continuing along Treanor Avenue and turning left onto Setchfield Avenue. There is road side parking along Setchfield Avenue. Buses travel along Treanor Ave and Setchfield Avenue.

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Lake Ida Ann Park

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Lake Ida Ann Park is in the Bear Mountain – Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This small manmade lake lies within the Gardner Creek drainage which is part of the Mill Stream watershed. The park is about a hectare in size with a gravel footpath along the shoreline. The four hundred meter pathway is partial forested with alder, ocean spray with small arbutus, willow, cedar and spruce trees. Along the trail, there are picturesque views of the two fountains used to aerating the shallow water. Several benches and picnic tables are found along the lake shore although this is not a lake for swimming as it rather shallow. A wooden pedestrian bridge passes over a seasonal creek near the trail to Jamie Place. The east end of the lake is dammed by concrete bags and a culvert to maintain the water level. This lake is stock annually with seventy-five trout by the government’s environment branch. The expectation is that the fish will be hooked by young novice fishers. Pathways from both Jamie Place and Ashley Place connect to the lake trail. A pleasant two kilometer stroll is around Lake Ida Ann to the trail through Ashley Green Space, north along Millstream Road to Sparrow Green Space and back along the streets in this quiet neighborhood to reach the trail at Jamie Place. Lakewood Elementary School Green Space, Setchfield Park and Camli Green Space are nearby.

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Ida Ann Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue to the log house pub. Turn left onto Treanor Avenue and look to the right for the roadside parking area. Buses travel along Treanor Ave.

Arngask Park

Arngask Park is in the Florence Lake – Bear Mountain neighborhood of Langford, B.C. This wetland park is surrounded by residential homes, many whom use it as a garden refuse site, and a buffer of trees and shrubs. Douglas fir, cedar and alder trees grow along the shores of the shallow waters. Oceanspray, snow berries and blackberry bushes fill in parts of the six thousand square meters, in an unusual polygonal shape, that form the parkland. A forty meter long gravel trail leads into the park from near the junction of Arngask Avenue and Whisperwind Place. There is a one hundred and fifty meter long concrete pathway into the park from along Echo Valley Drive which connects to Graphite Place. The pathway is fenced with a black metal fence. This park connects to Ironwood Place near the blue water reservoirs. Setchfield Park, Stonegate Park, Ironwood Park and Shaw Park are nearby. As an aside, Arngask is a parish in Scotland in the counties of Kinoss, Perth and Fife.

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Arngask Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Echo Valley Drive. Turn onto Echo Valley Drive and continue along the concrete pathway between 2371 and 2367 Echo Valley Drive. The park can also be access from the corner of Arngask Ave and Whisperwind Place as well as from between 1022 and 1014 Graphite Place and along Ironwood near the water reservoir towers. There is limited roadside parking in this neighborhood.

Alton Lane Park

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A playground area with benches, picnic tables and viewpoints make Alton Lane Park a unique outdoor area in Langford, B.C. Located onto the top of a one hundred and fifty three meter high ridge, Alton Lane Park has swings with seat for toddlers, a small play house and rocking toys all set in a fine gravel base. Arbutus trees are plentiful on the rocky area that forms the park. A split cedar fence lines the perimeter of the park which is along the metamorphosed rocks. There are several places that provide views from this Bear Mountain Florence Lake neighborhood. Harrow Gate Park, Stone Gate Park, Setchfield Park, Arngask Park, Bishops Gate Park and Bear Mountain Parkway Green Space are nearby. There is a short gravel pathway from Alton Lane and a concrete footpath from Stone Gate that connect to the park.

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Alton Lane Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Stone Gate Road. Turn right onto Stone Gate Road and then take the first right to Harrow Gate Road. Take the first left onto Alton Lane and look for the trail that leads up the slope to the park. There is also a concrete sidewalk from along Stone Gate that leads into the park. There is parking along the road.

Stone Gate Park

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The drive up to the Bear Mountain Resort is lined with several nature parks. This area of Langford, BC, is on the eastern slope of the Mount Finlayson in Langford, B.C. Stone Gate Park is between the one kilometer and one and half markers seen on the sidewalk beside the BM Parkway. This park is a long linear park bordered by the sidewalk from Stone Gate Road to the pedestrian walkway across to the sidewalk along Echo Valley Drive. The steep terrain is composed of Wark gneiss and sandstone. The second growth forest with cedar, Douglas fir and alder is access from a concrete walkway from BMP to the end of Harrow Gate. The pathway is fairly steep and does not have any stairs. It is a great way to see a small section of Gardner Creek. This creek is a tributary of Mill Stream. The park can be access from beside the postal boxes along Harrow Gate. Harrow Gate Park, Alton Lane Park, Setchfield Park, Arngask Park, Bishops Gate Park, Skyline Park and Bear Mountain Parkway Green Space are nearby.

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Stone Gate Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue along BMP to reach Stone Gate. Turn right onto Stone Gate and then take the first right to Harrow Gate Road. The pathway though a section of park is on the right from the end of Harrow Gate. There is parking along this road.

Gannet Court Green Space

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The forty meter long concrete pathway leads into Setchfield Park, a large nature park in Langford, B.C. Located in the Bear Mountain and Florence Lake neighborhood, Gannet Court Green Space is bordered by the wooden fences of private homes. At the end of the concrete, the gravel pathway curves under a tall Douglas fir to connect with the gravel trail that loops through Setchfield Park. This pathway is frequented by runners, hikers and dog walkers. This is good place to explore the outdoors from your backyard. Harrow Gate Park, Bishop Gate Park, Lakewood Elementary School Green Space, Ida Ann Lake Park and Sparrow Court Green Space are nearby.

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Gannet Court Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Bear Mountain Parkway. Take the first left onto Goldeneye Way, which is in a curve of the parkway. The first right turn will be on to Gannet Court. Look for the trail access between homes 853 and 852. There is parking along the roadway. City buses travel along Treanor and Setchfield avenues.

Setchfield Park

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Setchfield Park is nature park with walking trails in the Bear Mountain and Florence Lake neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Tall cedar, big leaf maple and Douglas fir trees are found in this second growth forest. Several old stumps that support large trees can be seen along the four hundred meter long loop trail. Salal and ocean spray bushes have filled in the areas where the light can reach the forest floor. Sword ferns and alder trees grow along Gardner Creek and along the slopes of the ravine. The park can be accessed from along Bear Mountain Parkway, just across from Longspur Drive. The pathway connects to the sidewalk near the green pump station building. The park can also be reached from the end of Gannet Court and from near the junction of Setchfield Avenue with Shaw Drive. Lakewood Elementary School Green Space, Ida Ann Lake Park, Shaw Park, Arngask Park, Harrow Gate Park, Bishops Gate Park and Gannet Court Green Space are nearby. Geographic location N48° 28’4” W123°30’21” Setchfield Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and turn left onto Treanor Avenue. Follow Treanor Avenue past Lakewood Elementary School to reach Setchfield Avenue. Turn right on Setchfield Avenue and look for the trail access near the junction of the road with Shaw Avenue. There is parking along the roadway. City buses travel along Treanor and Setchfield avenues.