“Rename this park, now.”
#4 in Strathcona
787 Prior Street
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.