The playground at Royal Bay Beachpark was carefully designed to blend in with the surrounding environment. (Photo contributed)

Find a new favourite playground

There’s lots of options hidden across the West Shore

No longer Langford’s best kept secret, Westhills Playground has been steadily growing in popularity and now with the opening of West Shore Parkway, it’s even more visible. This playground is located off Langford Parkway in the Westhills development and has a rubber-like material under the play structures and swings. While it’s both toddler and big kid friendly, a few adults have been seen trying their hands at some of the features.

Located in the Happy Valley neighbourhood, A.T. (Tom) Gordon Memorial Park was built with Langford’s little leaguers in mind. Players’ younger siblings can scramble over the junglegym and excavator while their big brothers and sisters run bases or shooting hoops on the basketball court. Parents can watch them all from the permanent bleachers behind the diamond. A concession/washroom facility stands in the centre of the A. T. Gordon Memorial Park with parking and picnic facilities also available.

Gaining in popularity is the Royal Bay Beach Park in Colwood. This park not only offers swings and other structures for slightly older children, but it also has waterfront access for an evening stroll or other fun beach activities.

Also in Colwood, the Herm Williams Park on Kelly Road has a lovely shaded play structure so kids can get out of the sun while they burn off some energy.

In 2015, the City added two large pergolas to the large level grassy area to provide a gathering place for small community events and activities.

Two parks in relatively close proximity to each other on Chilco Road in View Royal have been attracting a lot of attention and little feet. The first, Chilco Park, located in the heart of the Thetis Vale development offers lots of options from hanging to swinging. The park also features a large grassy area that’s great for ball play.

Upper Chilco, at the end of Chilco Road, offers even more options for children of all ages with a climbing structure, slide and wood chips to land in. Sometimes overlooked but still utilized, West Shore Parks and Recreation has an elaborate playground for kids of all ages.

The District of Highlands gave Twinflower Park an upgrade last year and it’s been receiving rave reviews. It has lots of options for children of all ages, including monkey bars, slides and swings. It’s centrally located in the Highlands and is close to a lot of other amenities so it’s a great spot to stop for a quick play.

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