It’s not a destination park, but doesn’t try to be. Pandora is an example of what a great neighbourhood park in 2020 can look like, and we look forward to more renovations like it in the future.
At the heart of Commercial Drive is a park that beats to the same drum as the neighbourhood: a little bit discordant, but full of heart and intoxicating, authentic energy.
It’s a nicely balanced park, one that doesn’t try to be too much, but is always well populated for a reason.
A big flat park in a medium-density east side neighbourhood, Victoria is essentially the Dude Chilling Park of Grandview-Woodland.
“Small park on a steep hill” is not necessarily a recipe for success, and yet Salsbury delivers.
There aren’t many superlatives to throw around for McSpadden, but it’s a big public space just a half-block east of Commercial Drive and 5th Avenue, well-used by the community.
Mosaic Creek is about as good as a tiny park can be with no major amenities. We just wish there were more of them.
There is plenty that is good around Woodland Park, and plenty that could be good inside of it, which is why it’s disappointing to say it doesn’t meet its potential when you consider everything.
Well-designed small parks with character are a relatively rare occurrence in the city, and this is a keeper.
It is essentially the Vancouver Special of parks, both in the fact that it seems like it hasn’t been updated since 1983, and that it’s so well used and beloved that its relative specialness is rather besides the point.