#169: Morton Park

“It’s fun to be here!”

#7 in West End

1800 Morton Avenue

For Kids

C-



For Adults

C



Design

C



Atmosphere

B+



Final Score

19.6


The small triangle across the street from English Bay Beach, right at the intersection of Davie and Beach, lies this small park best known today as the site of the A-maze-in Laughter sculptures.

They came to Vancouver in 2009 as part of the city’s Biennale festivities, and quickly became a place for tourists and locals to take pictures imitating the grinning visages. Lululemon founder Chip Wilson paid $1.5 million to keep them in the city, and judging by the traffic that still greets them on a summer day it was a good philanthropic investment.

Once you’ve taken a picture though, the value of the park quickly diminishes — it’s a small space with some flags and a couple grassy pitches, but English Bay is right there.

As such, the reasons to stay in the park are minimal.

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