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 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.
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 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.
Geographic location N48° 27’58” W123°27’27”
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 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.
Enjoy a break at the picnic table and benches Lewis Park. A large shade tree covers about half of the small playlot found along the residential houses of Lewis Street. A woodchip base surrounds the play area of three swings, one a toddler size, and a turning rod. A thirty meter paved pathway connects Lewis Street to sidewalk along Luxton Avenue in the James Bay community of Victoria BC. Lewis Twentysix Green Space and Menzies Sixtyfour Green Space found along Lewis Street. Holland Point Park is south toward Dallas Road.
Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 34” W123° 22′ 22″
Lewis Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Continue onto Belleville Street as Blanchard Street curves toward Douglas Street. Turn left onto Douglas Street and follow to Dallas Road. At Dallas Road turn right and go about five streets blocks to reach Lewis Street. The park is near the end of the road on the left between 28 and 38. There is limited roadside parking along Dallas Road. City buses travels through James Bay area near this park.
Chapman Park lies near the Cook Street Village neighborhood of the City of Victoria, B.C. This park is a 0.26 hectare grass covered area with a ship-shaped play structure. Located only about a block east of Cook Street Village, its playground is designed for those with a sea-imagination. A slide extends down from the platform that is reached by stairs and ladders from the wood chip covered ground. Garry oak, London plane, black locust and alder trees provide amply shade for the playground, picnic table and benches. There is just enough lawn to play a game of bocce ball or catch. This quiet parkland is bordered by a sidewalk along both Linden Avenue and Chapman Street. The northern corner perimeter is formed by the chain-link and wooden fences from the two bordering properties. This park, and perhaps the two blocks that make Chapman Street, may have been named, in the early nineteen hundreds, after either of the Victorian residents Howard J. Chapman, a photographer, or Dr. John Chapman Davie, a physician and surgeon. Cook Street Playground – Beacon Hill, Clover Point Park, Moss Rock Park and Sir James Douglas Elementary School Green Space are nearby.
Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 46” W123° 21′ 10″
Chapman Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Linden Street. Turn right onto Linden and look for the park located on at the junction with Chapman Street. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road and Cook Street from downtown Victoria.
Shaded by some large London plane and Garry oak trees, Bushby Park has a toddler friendly playground on a sand base. This green triangular oasis is like a kids’ backyard garden in this busy Fairfield neighborhood of Victoria, B.C. This park gets nicknamed Ross Bay Park since it only a block inland, along Eberts Street, from Ross Bay Seawalk and Clover Point Park. The paired toddler swings and big kids swings, a long tall slide, teeter totter are complemented by a roundabout from the playground equipment. A large grassy area covers the rest of the 0.2 hectare parkland and has just enough open space for a tossing a Frisbee or playing bocce ball. Moss Rock Park (Fairfield Hill Park) is the large hill further north along Eberts Street where there is a discrete trail that leads up the rocky slope to this park. Bushby Park have been named to honor Arthur Thomas Bushby who in eighteen fifty eight became the private secretary for Judge Matthew Baille Begbie. Memorial Crescent Green Space, Ross Bay Cemetery and Clover Point Park are nearby.
Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 33” W123° 20′ 47″
Bushby Park can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Dallas Road and follow along past Clover Point to Eberts Street. Turn left off of Dallas Road onto Eberts Street. The park is at the junction of Bushby Street and Eberts Street. There is limited roadside parking in this compact neighborhood of Fairfield in Victoria, B.C. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.