Norquay is an example of how a few smart renovations can make an old park feel fresh, evolving with the needs of a neighbourhood — even it’s named for a 19th century politician from another province.
The pizza oven is one of the big reasons that Beaconsfield, just south of Grandview Highway and Slocan, is a touch above most “fields and playground” parks in the city.
Renfrew Community is one of those places that is more a laundry list of things you can do than a fully integrated park, but those things are all very solid.
It’s all an example of how a mid-sized urban park can be built in the 21st century, and how it doesn’t need to be anywhere near downtown to be successful.
In the midst of all of Vancouver’s treasures at the water’s edge, Renfrew Ravine is a nice inland surprise.
Slocan is a good but not great park, especially now that it’s gotten a million-dollar upgrade of its grass fields.
Collinwood Park screams out the 1970s: a crunchier era of Vancouver, less grand but quickly growing.
Gaston is not especially good at expectorating, but is dominated by a single baseball field, with a small ridge surrounding the park making the area seem more expansive than it actually is.
Nothing in Carleton is particularly exciting, but all of it is good, particularly for a park that doesn’t try to do too much.
Admittedly, Earles is a fairly simple park.