Vancouver Park Board this week unveiled the city’s newest, largest and most accessible playground.
Measuring at more than 1,700 square metres, the new playground at Creekside Park, on Quebec Street adjacent to Science World, cost $900,000 to build. It includes a number of challenging, imaginative and natural play opportunities such as a climbing tower, giant tube slide, swings, play hut with ramp, musical instruments, water and a sand play area.
It has a blue and yellow rubberized surface, and is one of the few in the city with a zipline. It also includes more than 30 shade trees, seating, lawn and picnic areas.
The playground is located in Creekside Park, a 2.53-hectare park next to Science World. In 2011, a nearby playground was removed to accommodate the expansion of Science World and pedestrian and cycling path upgrades along the seawall.
The park board manages 159 playgrounds across the city. Several have been identified for replacement, and city staff are working to prioritize the needs balancing operational resources for maintenance, financial resources and donations available for the projects, and natural play and accessible features where they are needed most.
Next up, a playground at Clark Park is expected to open this fall, while another playground at Douglas Park will open in mid-2018. The Andy Livingstone Park playground opened in March.