#140: Strathcona Linear Park

“Rename this park, now.”

#4 in Strathcona

787 Prior Street

For Kids

C-



For Adults

C



Design

B-



Atmosphere

C



Final Score

21.40


A neat little use of public space, this was created in the 1970s after a protracted squabble between council and the park board over transferring over 11 vacant lots between Strathcona and MacLean Park into parkland. 

Today it functions much like the West End miniparks: a way to control traffic while giving nearby residents a place to walk or sit.

It’s a little bigger and there’s a lot more variety than those miniparks though — there’s a little paved for ball hockey at one point, a sunken lawn in another place, gardens in another space, two rows of trees in another area.

All in all, it’s an innovative use of space that’s well-used, one that makes you wish there were similar corridors in the city. 

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