The Vancouver Parks Board lists 16 parks in Kitsilano. This wonderful neighbourhood possibly has the most parks in the City, except for Downtown.
Do you know who Almond Park was named after? Named for Alderman Henry Elston Almond, Almond Park exudes a feeling of tranquility. The park offers a fantastic display of flowering shrubs and magnificent old trees. An upper pathway winds through a shady grove, leading to the popular playground area. It opened in 1928.
And what about Kits Beach Park? This area was originally known as Greer’s Beach, named for the pioneer who unsuccessfully challenged the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) take over of his homestead here in the 1890s. Later, private citizens raised the money to purchase the beach front land back from the CPR while the Park Board leased additional lots to create this popular park.
Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver’s largest draw and fill salt water pool was opened at the water’s edge in 1936 and became an instant success. It was replaced in 1979 by an ocean side tank (about 150 meters at its outer most edge) which sports salt water and is heated. This is the park where old Engine #374, that in 1886 pulled the first transcontinental CPR train into Vancouver, resided for many decades on a piece of track on an old CPR right-of-way. The Engine was lovingly restored by train buffs in time for EXPO ’86. The train now resides in a plexi-glass pavilion adjacent to the Roundhouse Community Centre.
Here are a list of Kits Parks – Almond Park, Arbutus Greenway Park, Connaught, Delamont, Hadden, Kits Beach, Margaret Pigott, McBride, Pt. Grey @ Stephens, Pt. Grey @ Stephens, Pt. Grey @ Trutch, Rosemary Brown, Seaforth Peace, Tatlow, Vanier and Volunteer. Read about them here. Do you know the history behind these historical individuals?
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