There is easily more benches and tables than the other miniparks, making it more inviting to sit and let the time go by.
At the intersection of Pacific Street and Beach Avenue in the West End sits an elongated traffic median that facilitates the effective merging of the streets, but amusingly is also its own park.
The Jervis and Burnaby minipark is innocuous, but it has a number of nice benches, some pleasant overhanging trees, and on a sunny day a view of English Bay.
There was originally a plan for swings and climbing bars at this park — but “the committee decided to abandon plans … after area residents protested that it would create unnecessary noise and attract too many children to the site.”
This one goes by The Beaconsfield, a 1909 structure that was “one of the first large apartment blocks to be built in the West End”, according to the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, and still providing an imposing brick facade to this day.
It is hard to make the case that one should “visit” any of the miniparks, but they are pleasant enough for the neighbourhood.
The plus of this minipark is the buildings don’t infringe on the path quite as dramatically, giving a little more sunlight and a little more room for benches.
#232: Minipark @ Nicola & Pendrell
Even the most average parks provide some benefits.