Blogathon Vancouver 2008: "Q" is for Queens Parkby
When I was younger we would tote our camping chairs out to New Westminster on a foggy morning once a year to watch the Hyack Parade, after which we’d all have a nice play in Queen’s Park.
With school field trips we’d chase bunnies in the playground, hang out with the goats at the petting zoo and spend hours in the network of jungle gyms and tire swings the park had to offer.
It’s also home to the Arenex: “Built in 1938, the 10,000 square foot Arenex is located in beautiful Queen’s Park and is a Lower Mainland destination for gymnastics and trampoline during the past 36 years. This sports facility offers a wide range of opportunities that include: gymnastics, floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer and badminton.”
As well as the Arena: “The historical Queen’s Park Arena building was constructed and officially opened on September 19, 1930 for sporting activities such as badminton, basketball and even horse shows.
In 1938 the building was enlarged to add more seating, and ice machinery was added to create our present day arena.”
The park is great for day outings with the family and is often the centre of many city-sponsored activities and festivals.
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I admit to my regret that in all the time I grew up and lived in Vancouver, I spent very little in New Westminster. Admittedly, once the first SkyTrain line was in operation, it was obviously much simpler to head down and hang out. It’s odd to think that I’m a little more familiar with London’s Queen Park (Rangers) than I am of the NewWest version.