Cochran’s Common Green Space

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Cochran’s Common Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Located behind the municipal hall, this green space was named for Mr. W. Cochrane a former Municipal Administrator who had worked various capacities for Oak Bay since the early nineteen eighties. There are several picnic tables shaded by oak trees. The grass covered area is surrounded by landscaped shrubs. A concrete pathway leads to the washrooms in the lower level of the Municipal Hall. Brighton Green Space and Entrance Corner are nearby.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 32”  W123º 19”

Cochran’s Common 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. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Granite Street. Turn left on to Granite Street. Look for the park on the left beside a small parking area for the Municipal Hall. There is street parking. City buses travel along Foul Bay Road and Oak Bay Avenue.

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Oak Bay Municipal Green Space

Oak Bay Municipal Green Space is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Large Garry oak trees shade this street side green space. A unique outdoor art sculpture of two large acorns adorned is green space. Named sleeping giants the pair of acorns are cast in bronze by artists F. Dodds and N. Scott. The grass covered areas are bordered by landscaped floral areas with rhododendron and small shrubs. Cochrane’s Common Green Space is nearby as its Entrance Corner. Washrooms are found in the Municipal building’s lower level.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 34”  W123º 19’ 1”

Oak Bay Municipal 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. Continue along Foul Bay Road to reach Oak Bay Avenue. Turn left onto Oak Bay Avenue and look for the large outdoor art acorns on the right.  There is street parking along Oak Bay Avenue. City buses travel along the roadway.

Centennial Park – Langford

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Centennial Park is in the downtown area of Langford, B.C. This park is also known as Carlow as well as Kinsmen and Langford Fastball Park. Presumably it was established for the centennial celebration of the formation of the Colony of British Columbia in eighteen fifty-eight. Centennial Park is about three hectares in size. The park hosts a splash park, two play ground areas, a concession and washroom building, four fastball fields and tennis courts. The playgrounds lie on either side of the splash park. One play area has a series of climbable structures with ramps, double slides and a bridge over the pea gravel base. The other play area is a large climbable web suspended between three arched poles. The rubber mat surfacing has been used under this structure. The splash park has several spouts of water as well as a long slide that is surrounded by rocks and concrete. There are benches along the perimeter of the play areas as well as a few picnic tables. The concession is open seasonal and for some ball games. The washroom is also open seasonally. Each ball diamond has bleachers and covered dugouts for the teams. The diamonds have perimeter chain link fences. The fields are the home of the Langford Minor Fastball Club. There is a batting cage along the south side of the west field as well as storage sheds. The tennis courts are best accessed from Tennis Court Lane off of Rita Road. The tall chain link fence, with door-sized gates on either end, surrounds the two courts which have benches for seating and gear. A tall giant sequoia tree provides shade over the tennis courts in the afternoon. The north and south sides of the sports fields are lined with a twenty foot tall cedar hedge which has individual trees replaced over the years. A foot path along the perimeter, about five hundred and fifty meters long, has with gravel and paved sections. Knotty Pine Park, Kerr Goldstream Green Space, Spencer Middle School Green Space and Langford Lake Park North are nearby.

 

Geographic location N48° 26’55” W123°30’48”

 

Centennial Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway also called Hwy1. Turn at Leigh Road exit and continue along to turn left onto Goldstream Avenue. Then make a left turn left onto Carlow Street. The park is on the right. There is a small parking lot as well as roadside parking near the park. The park can also be access from a pathway that connects to Sybronden Road Alternative parking is found near the tennis court access from Tennis Court Lane. City buses travel along Goldstream Avenue and the Trolley provides service along Carlow Street.