If you live in an apartment nearby, with a small kid, and have minimal expectations? It does its job passably.
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#222: Wendy Poole Park
The lack of amenities and small size means it is rarely used — perhaps emblematic of our continued ability to raise up symbols, and then move on without further work done.
#223: Willow Park
A small parklet with no real interesting features, Willow Park serves the purposes of being green space in an area between Oak, Cambie, Broadway and 6th Avenue that has precious little of it.
#224: Fraser River Trail
If you’re interested in a picnic date next to a bridge, a river and about 200 buses, it’s for you.
#225: Minipark @ Jervis & Burnaby
The Jervis and Burnaby minipark is innocuous, but it has a number of nice benches, some pleasant overhanging trees, and on a sunny day a view of English Bay.
#226: Quadra West Park
Answering the question “what if you had a piece of land with a beautiful view and did nothing to improve it?”, Quadra West continues our theme of underutilized pieces of land on the city’s west side.
#227: Sun Hop Park
What does $590,000, modern urban design principles and copious references to a city’s diverse background get you?
Sometimes, just a weirdly unsatisfying modernist park.
#228: Thunderbird Park
With so many parks in the city, it’s inevitable that some of them will need more TLC than others, but it’s particularly noticeable at Thunderbird Park, where exposed rust permeates through the 1980s play structure
#229: Minipark @ Broughton & Nelson
There was originally a plan for swings and climbing bars at this park — but “the committee decided to abandon plans … after area residents protested that it would create unnecessary noise and attract too many children to the site.”
#230: Minipark @ Bute & Haro
This one goes by The Beaconsfield, a 1909 structure that was “one of the first large apartment blocks to be built in the West End”, according to the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, and still providing an imposing brick facade to this day.