Yes, it’s the best park in the city. No, nothing comes close. If anything, Vancouverites take it for granted.
What matters most for a great park: is it iconic views? Activities for people to do? A sense of place and history?
Jericho has all of that at more.
Vancouver has plenty of waterfront parks, it has plenty of beaches, it has plenty of off-leash dog areas, it has plenty of quieter nature parks, and it has plenty of places where it pays tribute to its past. Nowhere do all those elements come together like Fraser River Park.
It’s beautiful and where the beautiful people go, the place see the views and see the people, and easily the most packed beach in the city on a warm summer day.
The rides in Playland, slides in Slidey Slide Park, slot machines at the race track and fish in the Sanctuary have no real theme connecting them. Except for the fact that they’re all part of the evolution of Hastings — and in their own way, part of the evolution of Vancouver.
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.
It’s the best park in southeast Vancouver, probably the best sports-focused park in the city, and certainly the stoutest of Vancouver’s Big Stout Sports Fields.
You can have Science World, Stanley Park, or the seawall all you want — there may not be a more enticing view in Vancouver than Spanish Banks at low tide.
It doesn’t have the tourist attention of English, the summer crowds of Kits, the pure beach vibes of Spanish Banks. And it doesn’t matter — Sunset is great.
While so many of Vancouver’s great parks scream their Vancouverness, Maple Grove has a more universal feel, as though it could be dropped in any growing city in the 1950s and suddenly be packed with families enjoying its pleasures.