The Hydro Field is a tree-filled natural grass-way with paths following Bowker Creek, lined by columns of trees planted perhaps a century ago and stretching between Haultain and Kings Road in South Saanich (the "Saanich panhandle").
The area, before BC Hydro bought it, was part of the Dean family farm (Dean Street runs along its east side) and still includes a remnant orchard. It harbours owls, hawks, songbirds, deer, raccoons, mink and whatever else lives in the creek. People use it as picnic space, walking and biking paths from Victoria to Oak Bay, and an off-leash dog playground. Cedars, pines, willows, arbutus, fir and other species adorn the area.
Neighbours and users fear that Hydro will sell it to developers, and are asking Saanich Council to purchase it as a park. The more the municipality is developed and densified and private gardens are subdivided, the more valuable park space becomes for a community.
Seniors remember when they as children played in the Hydro fields when hay was still being cut there, and farmers took the kids on hay rides. They used to play in the creek, and a swing hung by rope from a branch over the water still sways there for kids today.
It's a unique area, heritage filled as well as green. To join the call for its preservation (there's a petition going around) check the Responsible Kings Development Facebook page, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.