In 2010, Vancouver Sun columnist Barbara Yaffe wrote that “Quilchena is a park that’s green and clean and screams Vancouver”, and that’s pretty much its appeal in a nutshell.
Category Archives: Arbutus
#35: Trafalgar Park
There are a few non-destination neighbourhood parks in the city that are a bit more extensive, or slightly more vibrant, but it’s hard to find much wrong with Trafalgar — and a lot to find that’s good.
#84: Carnarvon Park
Another big fields-and-playground-and washroom park taking up several city blocks, Carnarvon has a few interesting elements to raise it above the pack a bit.
#157: Arbutus Village Park
Few parks in the city have a slow-moving and developer-heavy origin story quite like Arbutus Village Park.
#172: Ravine Park
A simple yet somewhat secret park in the middle of the city, Ravine Park sneaks along three blocks between Yew and Arbutus from 36th to 33rd Avenue, and delivers a walk through a simple ravine.
#187: Prince of Wales Park
Another mediocre park next to a secondary school, Prince of Wales has a small playground that is barely passable for kids under five, and a large long field to play sports in.
#238: Park Site on Trafalgar
It has existed there since at least 1973, and is no doubt enjoyed by people living immediately next to it, but serves no further purpose.
#239: Park Site on Blenheim
Any sense of mysterious wonder that the park could attain, as perhaps a mysterious forested area in the middle of the city, is mitigated by being surrounded by two very large homes.
#242: Park Site on Puget Drive
This is really just a tiny trail, awkwardly crammed between two private properties, giving one the feel of sneaking through someone’s backyard to get to a different destination.
#243: Park Site on Quesnel Drive
The Park Board uses the term “Park Site” for pieces of small pieces of land they oversee, but aren’t fully-formed parks, and this is the worst — an overgrown, weedy, traffic median with a couple trees and flowers comprising the smallest attempt possible to make it hospitable to humans.