“Really just an open grassy field.”
#6 in Renfrew-Collingwood
2750 East 29th Avenue
A stout multi-field park in the heart of east Vancouver, Slocan Park is right next to the 29th Avenue SkyTrain station, and is the beginning of a lovely collection of semi-integrated parks that link together, from Renfrew Ravine to Renfrew Community Park, with Beaconsfield Park just a couple blocks away after that.
Slocan is a good but not great park, especially now that it’s gotten a million-dollar upgrade of its grass fields, but suffers from a case of split vision: it’s sort of a destination for soccer, but not fully (though we do applaud the fields all being clearly separated in a way that a lot of giant Vancouver parks haven’t figured out). There are four good tennis courts, but they’re sort of lodged to the side. The playground is expansive but fairly old. And the SkyTrain station is convenient but doesn’t particularly integrate into the overall park.
Add in the relatively new washroom facilities, and it results in a park with a lot of good things for the community, but a lack of an integrated feel.