Hammocks, trampolines and a big slide: Vancouver’s newest park opens Friday

Vancouver’s latest park is ready for visitors and builders say its unique features will not only provide space for recreation, but also create opportunities for Vancouverites to gather and connect.

“It is a symbol of connection to each other, to the land, and an opportunity to strengthen collaboration with host countries for education, programming and artwork,” said the chairman of the board of directors. Park administration, Stuart Mackinnon, in a statement.

Smithe-Richards Park, at the corner of — you guessed it — Smithe and Richards Streets, is the city’s first downtown park in over 10 years. That name won’t stick, however, according to project manager Alexandre Man-Bourdon, and there are plans to give it a more official and culturally appropriate title this summer.

About a third of the park is play area and includes two in-ground trampolines, towers and other climbing apparatus, and a disc swing. There are hammocks and seating for those not feeling so adventurous and six “skyframes” which will be used to display public art on a rotating basis.

Man-Bourdon says they used the design of the park to prevent crime in the area. For example, a coffee vendor will be set up to keep an eye on the area.

“At the end of the day, that’s what we want is for everyone who comes to the park to feel safe and have a great experience,” he told CBC’s Margaret Gallagher during an interview. space visit.

Vancouver’s newest downtown park aims to bring the community together. (Vancouver Parks and Recreation Board)

Emphasis has also been placed on the park’s greenery and sustainability. One-third of the 0.8-acre space is covered with thousands of shrubs and other plants, many of which the city says are culturally significant to First Nations and often used in food and medicine.

Rainwater collected in the park will be returned to the city water system to be used for irrigation, toilet flushing, or cleaned before entering storm sewers.

Ramps have been installed for accessibility and the playing field has a rubber coating to help absorb shock and prevent slipping.

“This park demonstrates how to provide access to nature, recreation, health and community in a dense urban environment,” park planning and development director Dave Hutch said in a statement.

“It’s a place where people can live, work, socialize and play in their neighborhood. It’s about building community, creating whole neighborhoods, and we can’t wait for people to enjoy a whole new vision of what a downtown park can be.

The park will be open to the public on Friday afternoon.

On the coast7:16Vancouver’s Newest Park

CBC’s Margaret Gallagher takes you to Vancouver’s newest downtown park located at Smithe and Richards. Its features include a high-tech bridge and a giant slide. 7:16

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