Lafayette Park

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Lafayette Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This grass covered half a hectare park has sandbox playground in its southwestern corner.  The field is large enough for organized sports and is often booked for local sports team practices and games. Lafayette Park is welcoming place to play brochette ball, toss a frisbee, or simply enjoy the picnic tables.  There is a laurel hedge around the edges of this park. The hedge row is in sections with shrubs and trees planted between most of  the sections. There are Garry oak plum and shore pine trees as well as a several shrubs providing shade in this park. The park is located in a residential area near Monterey Middle School and McNeill Bay Park.

Geographic Location N48º 24’ 51”  W123º 18’ 56”

Lafayette Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach McNeil Avenue. Turn left onto McNeill Avenue and continue to Hampshire Road. Turn right onto Hampshire Road and look for Lafayette Park is on the left. Street parking is available and there is small parking area off of Hampshire Road.   A couple of city buses provide access near Lafayette Park.

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Windsor Park, Oak Bay

 

Windsor Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Enjoy the large grass covered sports fields that support local rugby, cricket, baseball, softball, tennis, soccer or stroll through the rose garden at Windsor Park, a diversified park in the community of Oak Bay.  The sport fields are beautifully displayed amongst the landscaped laurel, cedar and holly trees that form the hedge rows. The manicured properties that surround the park include several historical homes are found around this four and half hectare green space.  The park was founded in eighteen ninety-six as a terminus for the street car of the BC Electric Company. It became a popular sports arena that once hosted seating for over two thousand spectators. Its evolution into a multi-purpose park now includes a playground with swing set in the western corner of the park. There is a sand box for the young at heart.  The rose garden, on the south eastern corner, has a sun dial in the midst of over 20 different rose blooms.  Dogs are not allowed in the rose garden area of the park. Dogs need to be leashed while sporting events are occurring at the park. The park is dedicated to Heather Gibson (1955- 1992) and Ada G. Beaver (1961-1958).  There are many benches found around the park that are dedicated in the memory of local residents. A two story community space, the Windsor Pavilion, hosts multipurpose meeting rooms and public toilets. It is found along the concrete walkway through the middle of the park. The walk way is about one hundred and thirty six meters while a stroll around the perimeter of the park is about one kilometer. Some enticing British teahouses and pubs as well as boutiques and markets surround the park. Windsor Park is about two blocks from the Oak Bay Marina, along Windsor Road, making it easy to continue to Haynes Park or Turkey Head Walkway.  Several buses provide service near Windsor Park.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 19”  W123º 18’ 26”

Windsor Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue to Oak Bay Avenue. Turn left on to Oak Bay Avenue and continue to the curve of the road as it changes names to Newport Avenue. Continue along Newport Avenue and look for the park on the left.  Windsor Park can be reached from Beach Drive or  by using any of the encircling streets: Transit Road, Windsor Road, or Curries Road.  All of these streets surround the park and provide some off street parking.  Windsor Park is about two blocks from the Oak Bay Marina, along Windsor Road, making it easy to continue to Haynes Park or Turkey Head Walkway.  Several buses provide service near Windsor Park.

Fireman’s Park

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Fireman’s Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. A brick building and fire tower house the fire station and police department for the Municipality of Oak Bay.  Across the parking lot is Fireman’s Park.  It includes Jack Groove’s field and baseball diamonds.  The eastern diamond is shaded by a couple of tall giant sequoia trees. There are several tall Garry oak trees near the play areas. Fireman’s Park is a good place for throwing around the baseball or frisbee as well as catching a baseball game during the season.  There is a playground with a slide, swings and sandbox.  A monkey bar completes the play area. Bowker Creek Park is across St Ann’s Street and the Oak Bay Community Garden plots are across the Monteith Road. This is a place to start your walk along Bowker Creek Walkway.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 46”  W123º 18’ 42”

Fireman’s Park can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn left off of Foul Bay Road onto Cadboro Bay Road then take the first right turn after the high school onto Canmore Street. Continue along Canmore to reach St Ann’s Street and turn right onto St Ann’s Street.  The park is on the left side of the fire hall and buildings. There is limited street parking. City buses travel along Cadboro Bay Road.

Bowker Creek Park

Bowker Creek Park is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen communities that compose the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Bowker Creek originates near Cedar Hill Golf Course and Shelborne Street; its watershed encompasses over one thousand hectares including waters that drain from Mount Tolmie and parts of the University of Victoria.  The creek is not visible at Shakespeare Street and Hillside Avenue as it flows southeast towards Beach Drive.  The streets and avenues of Oak Bay and Victoria often cover this urban creek as it makes its way toward the ocean.  Bowker Creek is visible as it passes by several schoolyards: Richmond Elementary School, Oak Bay Secondary High School, and Glenlyon School.  This creek empties into the ocean at south end of Willows Beach Park near Glenlyon School.  Only a short section of the creek has been developed as a public walkway.  The walkway starts near the intersection of Foul Bay Road and Cadboro Bay Road and continues in a southeastern direction towards Oak Bay High School. The walkway stops near the Oak Bay Fire Department as the creek is underground until it passes by Fireman’s Park and ball diamond. This sections of the creek borders on the Oak Bay informal garden beds on Monteith Street. The creek is bordered by private property until it reaches Beach Drive near the Glenlyon Nothfolk School grounds and reaches the ocean. Ducks and other waterfowl can frequently be seen in the creek.  If you go there in the spring, you may even see some ducklings. The walkway continues east toward the ocean.  You follow the creek behind the schoolyard and walk eastward for about 20 minutes.  If you continue to walk to St. Ann Street turn left and continue your walk around the corner to the Fireman’s Park.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 35”  W123º 18’ 27”

Bowker Creek Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn right onto Foul Bay Road and continue to the Cadboro Bay Road. Turn left onto Cadboro Bay Road and then right to park at the Oak Bay Recreation Center or continue along to Oak Bay Secondary School off Cadboro Bay Road.  The pathway can be accessed both places.  Several buses provide service to different sections of the creek.

Oak Bay High School Green Space

Oak Bay High School Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space is has several pedestrian friendly pathways and large sports fields including an artificial turf field. This field is fenced with chain-linked wire fencing. There is a concrete seating area on the northside of the field. There several grass covered areas around the green space including the center of the oval running track. A large garry oak tree provides invaluable shade at the track. The school is part of the British Columbia School District  61 Victoria and the green space is accessible outside of school hours until dark. The school was rebuilt in 2016; the original buildings were from the late nineteen twenties. A large giant sequoia tree was planted in eighteen sixty two by Mr Alexis Casanave whose had property bordered along Bowker Creek.  Several Garry oak trees are found on this green space. Bowker Creek Park borders on the south side while the Oak Bay Recreation Center lies to the southeast.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 58”  W123º 19’ 5”

Oak Bay High School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Foul Bay Road. Turn onto Cadboro Bay Road to head east and look for the green space and parking area on the right. There are several parking areas and some street parking along Canmore Street. City buses travel along Cadboro Bay Road and Foul Bay Road.

 

Willows Elementary School Green Space

Willows Elementary School Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. As part of School District 61, Victoria, the school grounds are available outside of school hours. This green space has housed a school since the early nineteen-tens when a single rehabilitated farm house created the first school. The school building was enlarged two years later to house more students.  The current large eight room brick school building was built in nineteen twenty with additions and siesmic upgrading in more recent years. The green space is about two hectares and includes a playground, a couple of grass sport fields that are lined as a running track during track and field season. LOndon plane trees shade the south side of the school while there are many Garry oak trees that line the sport fields on the west side of the green space. There are also swings and asphalt areas with games like four corners as well as basketball keys delineated. Three raised garden beds are found on the north side of the school building. There is some off road parking. A concrete walkway connects Musgrave to Cadboro Bay Road. City buses travel along Cadboro Bay Road.

Geographic Location N48º 26’ 9”  W123º 18’ 38”

Willows Elementary School Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east. Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Cadboro Bay Road. Turn onto Cadboro Bay Road and look for the school on the left. The school parking area is accessed from Musgrave Road which is reached by turning onto Tod Road or Dalhousie Road then onto Musgrave Road. There is street parking. City buses travel along Cadboro Bay Road.

James Bay Community School Green Space

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