Sir James Douglas Elementary School Green Space

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One of several school grounds in the Victoria School District with a weather station, Sir James Douglas Elementary School Green Space is located in the Fairfield community of Victoria, BC. The green spaces around the school have limited access during school hours. Sir James Douglas was the first governor of British Columbia, a landowner in the Fairfield area of Victoria and interred in Ross Bay Cemetery. Many places in British Columbia are named to recognize Sir Douglas. Garry oak and Douglas-fir trees shade much of the school play areas including part of the two basketball courts and four square game areas. There are a couple of playground areas in this green space. The one next to the basketball courts has a climbing metal dome and multilevel platform monkey bar and climbing apparatus. It is set in a woodchip base. The more elaborate play areas are around the back of the school building. The large multilevel platform climbing set is where everyone can climb, swing, slide and play around. Another small metal rectangular monkey bar is set slight east where the Garry oak trees provide some shade. London plane trees, vine maples and laburnum are also seen on the school grounds. Stream of Dream fish mural lines the chainlink fence along Moss stream has been in place since twenty-o-six. Fairfield Community Garden, Porter Park and Brooke Street Park can be found to the east along Thurlow Street. Moss Rock Park is across Fairfield Road.

Geographic coordinates N48° 24′ 58” W123° 20′ 54″

Sir James Douglas Elementary School Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Moss Street. Turn left onto Moss Street and look for the green space to the right. There is limited roadside parking. City buses travel along Fairfield Road from downtown Victoria.

Ecole Margaret Jenkins Elementary Green Space

 

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A spacious grass sports field marked with goal posts and lined by tall horse chestnut, London plane and Garry oak trees with a beautiful brick school building forms the Ecole Margaret Jenkins Elementary Green Space. The school is part of the Victoria School District 61 and was built in nineteen fourteen. It was named for a school trustee and teacher. There are two playground equipment areas for children at this school. One is a colorful interconnected metal structure with low platforms and various monkey bar and climbable areas. The other has colorful climbing structures and includes balancing stepping posts, a curly pole, stairs, chain link ladder and arched ladders that lead up to a platform with slides. There are two basketball courts near this western playground site. A third full size basketball court is closer to Chandler Street. There is a two pieces of play equipment near this court: a tall metal slide and a arched monkey bar. This green space is close to Chandler Gonzales Pathway which leads toward Pemberton Park and Glenlyon Norfolk Green Space, Wilmer Green and Maddison Green. Gonzales Hill Park and Gonzales Beach are to the east and south. Hollywood Park is west along Fairfield Road. The Victoria Heritage Foundation has further information about the Fairfield and Rockland area of Victoria, BC.

Geographic coordinates N48° 25′ W123° 19′ 45″

Ecole Margaret Jenkins Elementary Green Space can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn east onto Fairfield Road and follow along to Richmond Avenue. Turn left onto Richmond Avenue and look for the school on the right. There is roadside parking along Richmond, Chandler, Foul Bay or Fairfield roads. The school has a small parking area. City buses travel along Fairfield Road and Foul Bay Road  between downtown and the University of Victoria.