The City of Vancouver has taken the wraps off the newly rejuvenated Creekside Park playground, located right next to Science World. At 1,700 square metres, not only is it now the biggest in town, but it also comes with a 22-metre zipline.
The $900,000 project includes many opportunities for kids to exercise both their bodies and creativity such a climbing tower, giant tube slide, wooden hut with ramp, musical instruments, swings and a water and sand play area. The equipment sits on a blue and yellow rubberized surface that provides a soft landing for the occasional tumble, and most activities are wheelchair accessible.
In addition, the playground, found inside the 2.53-hectare Creekside Park property, has 30 shade trees, seating, a sizeable lawn and picnic spots.
The final design was helped by a public consultation that happened nearly three years ago. Residents surveyed indicated they wanted to see seating for parents, some form of protection from the sun, swing sets and more variety of experiences for the children. They were also asked which of the 159 other sites managed by the Vancouver Park Board were favourites. Here are a couple mentioned.
Coopers’ Park: bordering False Creek and nestled underneath the Cambie Street Bridge, this green space was once the home of Sweeney Cooperage, the largest barrel manufacturer in the British Empire from 1889 until 1980. Aside from a playground, there are also basketball courts and a skate park.
Grandview Park: in the heart of Commercial Drive, Grandview Park’s playground was upgraded in 2011. Among its unique features is a huge climbable boulder with netting and a log table crafted form a 537-year-old cedar tree that blew down in Stanley Park.
Two more playgrounds are expected to open this fall and mid next year — at Clark Park in East Van, and Douglas Park near Mount Pleasant.