Metro Vancouver Park Series: Grandview Park

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The Park Series is still going strong with this next listing submitted and written by Raul.

Grandview Park

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How to get there on transit: 1657 Charles Street (@ Commercial Drive). You can get to Grandview Park on the bus (20 Victoria or 20 Downtown) or taking the Skytrain to either Commercial Drive station or Broadway station (both stations are within a few steps from each other).

Size: 0.89 Hectares (it sounds tiny, but this park really gets totally crowded!). Source: Vancouver Park Board.

Features: Sitting in one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Grandview Park is one of the landmarks for anyone who walks around Commercial Drive. Equipped with playground, an amazing view of the city and close to just about every business you may need, Grandview Park offers you and your family numerous activities.

Photo credit: Raul on Flickr.

Grandview Park houses 3 tennis courts, and it is within walking distance from the Britannia Community Centre. It also features several family-oriented amenities, including a water/spray park and a field house, as well as playgrounds.

Photo credit: Raul on Flickr

History: “Originally the site of the Irish Fusiliers Drill Hall, it was purchased by the Department of Militia and Defense between 1911 and 1913. Following World War I the military’s needs changed and the site was abandoned. The area was leased to the City in 1929 and named for the Grandview neighbourhood. A memorial cairn was located on Grandview Park until its replacement by a new war memorial on November 11, 1959.” [Vancouver Parks Board website]

Notes: Grandview Park plays host to numerous events, including the Parade of Lost Souls, organized by the Public Dreams Society.

Photo credit: Raul on Flickr.

Grandview Park is particularly family-oriented, as can be seen in the photo above.

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  1. fotoeinsTuesday, April 29th, 2008 — 10:12am PDT

    Oh so close to my old high school of Britannia …

  2. LoxyTuesday, April 29th, 2008 — 9:40pm PDT

    Until tomorrow, I live half a block from there.

    Of note, I have gotten in trouble taking pictures several times in that park. I don’t know if there’s a history, but people always approach me even if I’m far away taking pictures of trees…

  3. MinaSaturday, August 9th, 2008 — 1:01pm PDT

    This park is now riddled with drug dealing gangs.
    I’ve also been on the receiving end of racism on numerous occasion at this park in the last two years. I use to bring my son to this park A LOT and now hesitate due to the racism, gangs and violence there.
    I live directly beside this park and the situation that has developed over the last 2-3 years is sad.

    and to reply to Loxy’s post:
    The child care workers in grandview have to ask you to not take pics of the children as it’s their policy. It’s canadian law that you not publish publicly any photograph of a minor without the parent’s permission. There are some exceptions within the law if the publishing is considered of journalistic value. As a parent I too find it creepy when I see someone taking photos of my child. But not particularly if it’s from far away and my child is not the main focus of the photo. Remember the parent or childcare giver does not know you or what you intend to do with the picture. Asking for permission is all you need to do.

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