Today I discovered something new about Vancouver. There is a seawall pathway along False Creek that is a continuation of the seawall in Stanley Park. Honestly, when people say seawall, I immediately assume the one that goes around Stanley Park, but I never knew about this part of it. This area is one I’ve never really fully explored, especially after the Olympics, as there was a lot of development in the neighbourhood.
I was in the area to attend Food Cart Festival (more about this later) and discovered an idyllic and interactive park that was built as a part of the 2010 Winter Games Athlete’s village. There were many interesting features of the park and I had a lot of fun exploring it.
At the top of the mini hill, there is a water pump with two water trenches running down. I made the mistake of pressing the button for the water, and standing there. The water doesn’t flow right away, but when it comes, it comes with such force, you’re bound to get wet.
Right after a toddler came up to press the button and then ran away to avoid the eventual burst of water. Smart kid.
It was weird to see all the apartment buildings surrounding the park. When you’re exploring, it is really easy to forget that this is right in the middle of the city. Look at those flowers! So pretty.
I especially liked the large refurbished sewer pipe. It was fun to walk through.
The park housed a community garden, an off leash area for dogs and playground, making it truly a place for the neighbourhood to gather and enjoy. I will definitely make it a priority to walk along this section of the seawall this summer and see what else I can discover in my own city.
The city said it best in its description of the park on their website: “It is a park for children to explore and for adults to quietly enjoy.”