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.
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.
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.
Few parks in the city have a slow-moving and developer-heavy origin story quite like Arbutus Village 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.