It’s beautiful. It’s sprawling. It’s central. But Queen Elizabeth Park is also overrated.
With Queen Elizabeth Park just across the street, it’s easy for Riley Park to get lost in its shadows. But the truth is, this smaller family park is nearly as good.
There’s nothing amazing about Prince Edward Park, which is why you’ll never see it in a touristy promotional campaign, but it’s quietly a top-tier neighbourhood park in Vancouver.
In a short time, it’s arguably developed a reputation as one of the best mini parks in the city, and for good reason.
There’s a small flat field passable for T-Ball or children’s soccer, a few benches, a playground and a few tall trees for shade.
The baseball fields are good, but the soccer fields have some drainage issues, the playground is very minuscule, the shade is non-existence and there’s a surprising lack of a walking/biking path through the immense and endless fields.
Ranking Nat Bailey as a park is weird, because it’s a concrete heritage site where you can’t do 95% of the things you associate with a park.
It’s fine enough for the community. Unless you live mere blocks away though, seek refuge elsewhere.
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.