And in many ways, all of New Brighton is East Vancouver’s version of Kits Beach: less busy, less celebrated, slightly grittier but nearly as beloved.
Douglas Park has the best playground, bar none, of any park in Vancouver, and if you have kids under 10 and live in or around Vancouver, you should go there.
Yes, ridiculous views like the ones at Charleson are ridiculously common in Vancouver. It still takes work to make everything around it work though.
At the heart of Commercial Drive is a park that beats to the same drum as the neighbourhood: a little bit discordant, but full of heart and intoxicating, authentic energy.
It’s sprawling, peaceful, cut off from the rest of the city, and definitely a place worth exploring for an hour or three.
The main thing Clark Park means for today’s generation is a lovely place to catch the sunset on a blanket with friends or family.
It’s the type of modern mix of green space, glass towers and ocean people associate with Vancouverism.
It’s so populated by tourists, and so beloved by people in the West End, that there’s always a vibrant energy to it — a great historic beach with atmosphere galore. It’s also, objectively, the least essential of all Vancouver’s major beaches.
No matter who you are, this is a fun park, a unique park, one of those parks that is neat to bring a friend from out of town, but pleasant to visit 1-2 times a year regardless.
For a park barely a decade old, Hinge sure feels timeless.