“I wouldn’t categorize this as a park, but I guess it’s neat to have that designation.”
#8 in Arbutus
3500 Quadra Street
Another weird connector stairwell park at 19th and Blenheim, this is a single-residential lot was no doubt donated or purchased by the Park Board at some point, but has sat vacant and unmaintained for decades. There’s a nice big tree in the centre, but the surrounding area is entirely overgrown. Any sense of mysterious wonder that the park could attain, as perhaps a mysterious forested area in the middle of the city, is mitigated by being surrounded by two very large homes.
In 1998, 90% of Dunbar residents said the Blenheim Park Site “should be improved to make [it] more attractive and useable.” It hasn’t.