One of several developer-funded parks created during the downtown condo boom of 1990-2010, Marina Square is…well, a square.
Being a park is secondary to the reason Victory Square matters, which is as a public plaza to remember and honour those that served. And in that measure, Victory Square acquits itself well.
A strange, quasi-extension of Stanley Park along the north side of Georgia, Devonian Harbour is dominated by…a parking lot.
The undisputed highlight of the park is a hilariously long table befit for a medieval castle, with marble in the middle and a backing for the chair eight feet high.
It’s a nice honour for an important person, and a good place to have lunch and consider how the city has changed.
“It’s a skate park for people into skateboarding. If you like that then this place is for you.”
It’s waterfront property in downtown Vancouver, and it’s hard to truly dislike a park that has that going for it.
It is far from perfect or ideal for anyone, and many of the adjectives used in the 60s and 70s could be used today, if you were so inclined.
It provides some benches and shade, but otherwise is tremendously underutilized.
There’s a picture of a globe in the middle; a sign of the city’s worldly ambition in the 1980s, with the politics of the park being a product of a land swap with a developer long forgotten.