Chandler Gonzales Pathway

The Chandler Gonzales Pathway corridor is located in the Gonzales neighbourhood, connecting Chandler Street and Gonzales Avenue.

The Chandler Gonzales Pathway is a narrow 250-metre long strip of City land connecting Chandler Street and Gonzales Avenue. A 35 metre-strip also connects to Armine Place. The corridor connected Pemberton Park and Margaret Jenkins School until the Pathway closed in 1976. Over time, vegetation reclaimed it. 
 
On November 7, 2012, the Committee to Re-Open the Chandler Gonzales Pathway hosted a community celebration to officially re-open the pathway. Mayor Dean Fortin, Olympian Simon Whitfield and children from Margaret Jenkins School were in attendance to help cut the celebratory ribbon.
The timeline below demonstrates how the re-opening of this community pathway came to be:
  • 2003 - The City of Victoria Greenways Plan included a recommendation to re-open the Chandler Gonzales Pathway as a component of the greenways program.
  • 2007 - School District #61 identified the Pathway as a safe route for school children to access Margaret Jenkins School.
  • 2008 - A group of residents approached City Council, advocating the re-opening of the Pathway.
  • 2009 - City Council confirmed their support for re-opening the Pathway but the project did not proceed at that time as it was
    not a Capital program priority.
  • 2011 - Council requested staff to prepare cost estimates to re-open the Pathway, for consideration in 2012 budget discussions.
  • 2012 - Council requested staff to work towards the re-opening of the Chandler-Gonzales Pathway. Work began in June 2012 and was significantly completed by early November.

Tasks to re-opening the pathway included vegetation removal, ground preparation and finishing with crushed aggregate surfacing, as well as new fencing and hedging for neighbours adjacent to the trail. Two, new mid-block crossings at Chandler Avenue and Gonzales Avenue were also installed for public safety.