“Fairly near lots of shops but a bit secluded from traffic.”
#6 in Kitsilano
2205 West 11th Avenue
From the outside it sort of seems like private property: four narrow green pathways, with a number of mixed-use townhomes and mid-rise apartments encroaching on all sides, all leading to a small playground and gazebo in the middle.
But Arbutus Greenway Park is:
1) a real public park.
2) weirdly not actually part of the Arbutus Greenway.
3) a place that’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area and enjoy parks.
Aside from the stately green corridors, that middle area is quite excellent. There’s not too many places in Vancouver with covered gazebos (for reasons), and the one here sits on top of a large staircase, adding to the fun.
The big highlight though is the playground — specifically, the giant tunnelled slide that goes down a steep hill. It’s a top-5 slide in the city, evoking that feeling of 2% terror and 98% thrill you want in a slide, in our humble opinion.
Add in plenty of grass to picnic on, and a large piece of art honouring the O’Keefe brewery that used to sit here, and you’ve got a stew going.