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.

Geographic location N48° 27’56” W123°30’26”

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.


Nicklaus Park

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Nicklaus Park is in the Bear Mountain neighborhood of Langford, B.C. Located near the lower slopes of Miniskirt Mountain, Nicklaus Park has a partially fenced play ground and grass covered area. There are two small climbing play structures with slides set on a pea gravel base. There a small plastic slide can be access from a low tower while the higher metal climbing tower is reached by climbing various ladders and poles. Two twirling stems, a rocking pod and blue basin are in the play area as well as a swing set with both a toddler swing and one big kid swing. Benches are placed around the area and up the slope where there is some landscaping. A dirt and gravel trail lead up the steep slopes to the south of this park. The trail connects too Nature’s Gate Park and Rockhampton-Nicklaus Green Space while Rockhampton Park, Hannington Park, Muirfield Park, Deerview Park, Nicklaus Park East and Nicklaus Park West are nearby.

Geographic location N48° 28’21” W123°31’40”

Nicklaus 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 Nicklaus Drive. Turn left onto Nicklaus Drive and look for the parkland part way up the road on the left. There is parking along Nicklaus Drive.

Ecole Millstream Elementary School Green Space

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Ecole Millstream Elementary School is located in the Thetis Heights neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The school was built in nineteen fifty nine and is part of the Sooke School District number sixty two. The green space is about one and half hectares in size and dominated to two large grassy fields with goal posts at the ends. The two playgrounds are at opposite ends of the green space. Asphalt along the sides of the school building is painted with hopscotch and four square games. The basketball court is at the back of the school grounds near a playground. Benches are found throughout the green space. The playground near the front of the school has climbing apparatus with several platforms. Use the climber’s slope, fireman’s pole, spiral bars, curved monkey bars. A yellow double slide is separate as are the swings. The set at the back of the school has swings and climbing apparatus. There are raised garden beds near the school. Mill Stream flows along the back of the school grounds separated by a chain link fence and the Millstream Creek Trail. Mill Stream, or Millstream Creek as it is often called, is the main waterway in a watershed that starts in the Gowlland Tod range of the Highlands and includes seven lakes and numerous ponds. Goldie Park, Millstream Creek Park, Millstream Creek Trail, Thetis Lake Park and Selwyn Road Park are nearby. This is an excellent green space to enjoy after school.

Geographic location N48° 27’56” W123°29’47”

Ecole Millstream 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 and turn right onto Treanor Avenue and turn left on to Hoy Lake Avenue. There is parking along the school grounds beside Hoy Lake Avenue. City buses travel along Treanor Avenue.

Goldie Park

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Goldie Park is in the Thetis Heights neighborhood of Langford, B.C. The park is about half a hectare in size with a playground that was built with support from the Kinsmen Club in the year two thousand. The play area is partially surrounded by a chain-link fence and concrete walkway. A pea-gravel base lies under the paired toddler and child swings. The swings are next to the wooden playset that is designed for toddlers. A ramp leads to the bright yellow tunnel that is beside blue and white tic-tac-toe tiles. There are also a couple of steps up to the tower which can be exited using the yellow slide. This park has a few places that are good for parkour too. There are picnic tables and benches near the playground. Goldie Trail is a wide footpath about fifty meters further along Goldie Road. It follows the stream to the unique riveted steel bridge that crosses over Mill Stream. The gravel trail on the left side of the park leads to Mill Stream Creek Park. A long board walk and wooden foot bridge allow access across Mill Stream. This gravel trail continues south toward the Millstream Elementary School Green Space and Treanor Road. Kestrel Rason Green Space, Thetis Lake Park, Haley Rae Place Green Space, Peacock Place Green Space, Bellamy Park, Gourman Park, Millstream Creek Trail and Park are nearby. Well shaded by tall cottonwood and cedar trees, Goldie Park is a great place to explore in your backyard.

Geographic location N48° 28’66” W123°29’49”

Goldie Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Millstream Road and continue to Treanor Avenue, where the log house pub lies on the corner. Turn right onto Treanor Avenue then make a left turn onto Bellamy Road. Continue up the hill to reach Goldie Avenue then turn left. There is parking near the playground at 649 Goldie Avenue. City buses travel along Bellamy Avenue and Phelps Road.

Newstead Park

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Newstead Park is landscaped park about one tenth of a hectare in View Royal, B.C. It contains a grass covered area shaded by a tall Douglas fir and hemlock trees. There is a playground with swings, slides and a climbing apparatus on a pea gravel base. The picnic table is near the low granite rock wall that can make a challenging climb. The park is in single family home area of View Royal, B.C. Heddle Park and Tovey Cove Green Space are nearby.

Geographical location N48° 27’ 22” W123° 26’ 44”

Newstead Park can be accessed from the Trans Canada Highway, Hwy1. Exit onto the Helmcken Road and continue across the Island Highway. Turn right onto View Royal Avenue then right onto Heddle Road. The park is on the left along Heddle Road. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along the Island Highway.

Chalmers Court Park

Chalmers Court Park 1 Chalmers Court Park 5Chalmers Court Park is in the quiet residential Thetis neighborhood of View Royal, B.C. Located near the bottom of a ravine, this park has a sixty meter long wooden staircase down to the playground and grass covered area. The park entrance along Riverside Drive looks has a unique wooden covered gate that leads to the staircase. The playground has swings, slides and climbing apparatus. There is also a decent size lawn for bocce, tossing a Frisbee or getting warmed up to stroll up the staircase. The park is overlooked by at about ten homes most with wood fences or cedar hedges along the park perimeter. Riverside Drive Green Space, Thetis Lake Regional Park, Craigflower Creek Park, the Galloping Goose Trail-View Royal, the Trans Canada Trail-View Royal and Francis View Park are nearby.


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Chalmers Court Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway, also called Hwy1. Take Exit 11 onto Six Mile Road to reach the Old Island Highway. Turn left onto the Old Island Highway and stay on the roadway as it becomes Burnside Road West and passes under the Trans Canada Freeway bridges and continue up the hill to the junction of Burnside Road West and Watkiss Way. Turn left onto Watkiss Way and follow the road as it curves to the right to become Highland Road. Turn right onto Riverside Drive and look for the arch along the road to the right near the junction with Park Ridge Place. There is limited parking in this residential area. City buses travel along Watkiss Road to the junction with Highland Road

Evelyn Heights Park

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Evelyn Heights Park is a neighborhood playground in View Royal, B.C. Located just south of the Highland Pacific Golf Course, this small park has excellent amenities for organized outdoor play in a quiet residential area. There is a half court marked for basketball with a painted three point area. This asphalt court is separated by a lawn and landscaped shrubs from the wood chip based playground area. The playground has swings, a rocking frog and climbing apparatus to a platform with a slide. It is designed for toddler aged children. A bench and picnic table provides seats for respite. The young trees provide shade in to part of the parkland. The view from this park is to the south over View Royal toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, USA. The park is surrounded by a chain-link fence with a gravel perimeter. The northern edge which backs onto the golf course has a tall cedar hedge. Overhead are the hydroelectric lines. Francis View Park is south along Phyllis Road and Evelyn Heights Green Space is down the road. This is a great place to visit to enjoy the outdoors.


Geographical location N48° 28’ 3” W123° 26’ 55”


Evelyn Heights Park can be accessed from Hwy 1, the Trans Canada Highway. Exit onto Burnside Road West using exit #10 and follow the curve to the right. At the intersection with Watkiss Way, turn left onto Watkiss Way. Turn right onto Francis View Drive and drive to the summit. Take the first left onto Phyllis Road. The park is at the junction with Evelyn Heights Park. There is limited street parking. A city bus travels along Watkiss Way.