Henderson Park

Henderson Park play

Henderson Park in the seaside district of the Capital Regional District called Oak Bay. The park is located next to the Henderson Recreation Center and Golf Course. The jogging and walking trail winds through and around the golf course.  Runners from the UVic frequent the woodchip trail.  As you walk along  take time to enjoy the forest, the Henderson Gyro Park playground, and the golfers.  Henderson Park has a baseball diamond and several tennis courts.  Toilet facilities are available in the Recreation Center. The woodchip jogging trail has outdoor exercise equipment set along its perimeter. The forest that surrounds the trails and golf course is composed of mostly Garry oak and Douglas fir trees. Snowberry, ocean spray and blackberry bushes make up part of the underground and form the perimeter of the lawns. University of Victoria walking trails are nearby as is Upland School Green Space. This park shares its east border with the Uplands Golf Course.

 

Geographical Location N48° 27′ 19″ W123° 18″ 44″

You can get to Henderson Park from Cedar Hill Cross Road.  Turn into the parking lot for recreation center.  Parking is also available along the road.  You can access the playground from Arden Street (off of Henderson) where there is limited parking.  The walk takes about 30 minutes. Several buses provide service near Henderson Park.

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Savory Elementary School Green Space

Savory Elementary School GS  11

Savory Elementary School Green Space is in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Built in nineteen sixty six, Savory School is named after Lillian Savory, a business woman, teacher and volunteer for education in Langford. The green space has several unique areas to explore as well as an excellent playground and a couple of sport fields. This school ground is available outside of school hours as it is part of the Sooke School District 62. The playground consists of a several swing, slides and climbing bars and ladders. The sports fields are a good size with white goal posts on the ends. A well explored nature area on the eighty-six meter tall hill, also called mini-mountain, lies to the south of the school buildings. The hill has several tall western red cedar, big leaf maple and Douglas fir trees as well as ocean spray, ninebark and oregon grape shrubs. A unique feature is the large white covered pedestrian bridge that provides access to the green space from Atkins Road. The bridge crosses over the railway track and Trans Canada Trail. A gated fire road access is from Vantilburg Crescent between 2735 and 2739. The Veteran’s Memorial Park, Chan Streamside Park and Mill Hill Regional Park, are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’56” W123° 29’ 6”

 

Savory Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Veteran Memorial Parkway/Millstream Road and turn south. Continue along the parkway to turn left onto Goldstream Avenue. Follow Goldstream Avenue to Grainger Road. Turn left onto Grainger Road where there is limited parking in this area. A fire road access is from Vantilburg Crescent between 2735 and 2739. City buses travel along Atkins Road and Goldstream Avenue.

 

Central Park, Victoria, BC

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Central Park, Victoria, B.C.

Victoria High School Green Space, Victoria, BC

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Victoria High School Green Space

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.

Wain Park, North Saanich

Marked by the large sign with a dogwood motif, this is a three hectare sports parkland that is excellent for sports and entertainment. There are a couple of baseball diamonds, one with outfield fence, that are shared as soccer fields in the off season. There is a paved basketball court as well as  two tennis courts. The toilets are open by request to the Municipality of North Saanich.  This park was named for Henry Wain, an opportunist, pioneer, carpenter and hops farmer who also became a stage coach driver and mail carrier between Victoria and Sidney. Further along Birch Road, to the west, is the playground at Denham Till Park.

Geographic coordinates  N48° 40′ 38″ W123° 27′ 46″

You can get to Wain Park from Pat Bay Highway. Before you reach the BC Ferry Terminal follow the signs that lead to McDonald Park -Wain Road.  Stay to the right as you curve off the highway and continue up to cross over the overpass. At the intersection turn left onto Wain Road. Continue along Wain Road to West Saanich Road.  Since the park is between Wain and Birch roads both routes be used to reach the gravel parking areas.  Continue along Wain Road and look for the road to the parking lot after the hedge row. It is easy to miss.