It’s all very pleasant, all well-proportioned, all old-fashioned without being excessively so, all good but not great, all very Dunbar.
There’s an uneasy tension in a park that caters both to families with school children, but also some of the most marginalized folks in society.
Locarno has lots of value, even if it ends up being less than the sum of its parts.
It’s all an example of how a mid-sized urban park can be built in the 21st century, and how it doesn’t need to be anywhere near downtown to be successful.
The overall feel is a park that provides a small journey in itself; a relaxing but unsung green space in the city worth checking out.
Grays Park is a fascinating and fun example of what happens when a community takes over the purpose of a park from a government.
For a while it was branded as “the biggest free water park in North America”, and while we’re not sure if that was ever objectively true, Granville Island’s water park is objectively awesome.
An extensive renovation of Brewers means it’s essentially a different park now, with only the small soccer field on the far west side remaining from what it once was. And it’s a change for the better.
Amazingly (or maybe not, given property values), Nelson Park is the only inland park between Stanley Park and Chinatown that’s a full city block large.
No doubt a city needs a few giant sports fields; but Vancouver could also do with a few more MacLeans.