“No idea why this nice neighborhood park is named after a bird that has likely never ventured this far west.”
#4 in Killarney
2510 Hoylake Avenue
A fascinating chapter in the history of Vancouver names (or eye-rolling, depending on your perspective) came in the late 1940s, as the city was developing its Fraserview/Killarney neighbourhood, and decided the most appropriate theme for about 20 new streets was to name them after golf courses that had no connection to the city.
One of them was Bob O’Link, a men’s only course in northern Chicago, which got shortened to Bobolink, and now that you’re sufficiently delighted or grumpy at this origin story, let’s discuss the park.
It’s a solid fields/playground/wading pool/washroom combo, with good grass for the fields and trees separating each section quite nicely. The playground is quite good, with ample swings, slides, and climbing areas, and there’s also a basketball court and a couple of larger trees that are good for climbing or hiding in.
A good well-proportioned park, in an area of the city without a lot of them. Even if the name doesn’t make a lick of sense.