Built a couple decades before Vancouver started developing the River District in earnest, Riverfront has gained a reputation as a hidden gem, based on being one of the quieter waterfront green areas in the city.
It’s a credit to Vancouver to have a place like this, so it almost feels unfair to point its weak spots.
Sparwood is never going to be a destination unto itself, which means local residents will get to appreciate its charms all to themselves.
A good well-proportioned park, in an area of the city without a lot of them. Even if the name doesn’t make a lick of sense.
Another example of a community centre with underutilized outdoor potential.
Ask people what the best public golf course in the city is, and few will say something other than Fraserview.
There’s a small but very good playground with a treehouse theme at the top, and there’s even a little rock climbing wall as well.
The city has been promising an upgrade to the playground for a while now; that it’s been delayed for more than four years while more than a dozen parks in other parts of the city have gotten an upgrade might speak to the geographical inequities of Vancouver.
It’s good for a light jog, and can make a person living anywhere in the centre of the city jealous at all the nearby mini forests in this neighbourhood.
The highlight is unquestionably the large fountain at the north end, where water sprays 15 feet into the air from a massive rock.