Cressida Park

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Cressida Park is in the Goldstream neighborhood of Langford, B.C. At nearly half a hectare, the park has small grass covered area that surrounds a concrete pathway around the playground equipment. The playground is set in a pea gravel base. A roundabout is found here and can be useful to teach children about G-forces. There are a couple of regular swings and a tire swing. The play set is a wooden series of boardwalks to a low platform. This park is shaded by big leaf maple trees to the south and the heritage Douglas fir trees to the east. The rows of Douglas fir trees, eighty six trees in total, were planted in during the late eighteen hundreds along what is now Humpback Road. Parallel rows of trees were planted to welcome patrons to the Goldstream Hotel, first built in eighteen eight six, which had a boardwalk that connected the hotel to the railway line. Cressida Park borders along the E&N Railway, which is proposed as a section of the Trans Canada Trail. Gold Stream Provincial Park, Harlequin Park, Mt Wells Regional Park, Harlequin Park, Goldstream Meadows Park, Langford Lake Park and several green spaces are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 27’19” W123°33’11”

Cressida Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at the West Shore Parkway and make a right onto Amy Road to pass the gas station. Continue along Amy Road which merges with Sooke Lake Road. Turn left onto Humpback Road and look for the park to the right at 2900 Humpback Road. Cressida Park can be reached from Cressida Crescent between 2919 and 2917. There is limited roadside parking both areas.

Robert J. Porter Park

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A one and three quarters of a hectare Garry oak meadow with several rocky outcrops forms the Fairfield neighborhood park called Robert John Porter Park. R.J. Porter Junior was the mayor of the City of Victoria from nineteen nineteen to nineteen twentyone. The park is mostly a  natural rocky meadowland with two playgrounds on sand bases. It borders along Fairfield Road although the granite rock outcrop partially obscures the view of most of the parkland. Picnic tables and benches are found in the park. The playground area off of Kipling Street has a tetter-totter, climbing arch, a high long metal slide with a curly pole and four swings, two with toddler seats. This play lot has several large granite boulders and an excellent alder forested area as nature play sites. The second playground is slight north of the first one and lies near the corner of Thurlow and Kipling Streets. It has colorful plywood structures shaped like a rig truck, slide, swing and covered shelter with benches. For the imaginative parent and child this space is fun. The western end of the park has a large grass covered field. The Fairfield Community Garden, Fairfield Community Center and Sir James Douglas Elementary School Green Space lie to the west of Porter Park. Just across Kipling Street is Brooke Street Park.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 50” W123° 20′ 44″

Robert Porter Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Kipling Street. Turn right onto Kipling Street and look for the park to the left. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.