Yaletown has come a long way over the past few decades. What was once unused industrial land and empty warehouses has now been transformed into one of the most densely populated and livable neighbourhoods in all of Vancouver. This is all due in large part to the vision of the city and its long-term plans for Yaletown. Part of what makes Yaletown such a popular place to live is its attention to green space and the incorporation of parks as well as many different recreational opportunities. Here is a quick overview of some of the more popular parks and green spaces in and around the neighbourhood as well as some of the recreational activities in Yaletown.
Perhaps the most popular park in Yaletown is George Wainborn Park. George Wainborn Park is a sprawling 2.5 hectare waterfront park that offers stunning views of both False Creek as well as the city of Vancouver. It has a great playground for kids of all ages as well as picnic tables and a sprawling lawn that is great for flying kites or any other outdoor activity. The park is named after Vancouver’s longest serving Park Board Commissioner who helped build Vancouver’s network of parks and green spaces for over 30 years. George Wainborn Park is home to “Khenko” a 40 foot tall Salish statue that was donated by a local artist to celebrate the return of herons to the False Creek area.
Another popular park in Yaletown is David Lam Park. This park is named after former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – David Lam. The park offers stunning views of False Creek as well as Yaletown. David Lam Park houses various sports courts as well as a playground for children and a beautiful, large green space that is great for hosting outdoor venues and festivals.
Finally, Cooper’s Park is another great Yaletown Park. Cooper’s Park borders False Creek and provides expansive views of False Creek, the city of Vancouver and Cambie Street Bridge. The site of Cooper’s Park was originally home to Sweeney Cooperage, the largest barrel manufacturer in the British Empire. These barrels travelled the world carrying everything from strawberries to whiskey and beer. The barrel manufacturer closed in 1981 to make room for B.C. Place and the Cambie Street Bridge. Cooper’s Park also has a playground, a skateboard park as well as open lawn space for all of your outdoor games and activities.
The Vancouver Seawall is perhaps the most famous and most iconic of all of the sites to see in the city. The Seawall is 28 km of uninterrupted waterfront path; a greenway that runs from the Vancouver Convention Centre, through Stanley Park to Spanish Banks. The path passes through various neighbourhoods including Yaletown and showcases some of the nicest waterfront property in the entire city. The Seawall is a perfect place to walk, jog, cycle or in-line skate and is by far Vancouver’s most popular recreational trail. Remember to follow all signs to ensure yours and others safety, especially on weekends or sunny summer days. For a map of the Seawall please click here.
Yaletown, like many areas of the city has it’s fair share of dog lovers and there are three designated dog parks in the area.
- Coopers’ Park Dog off-leash area
- Emery Barnes Dog off-leash area
- Sunset Beach Dog off-leash area
If you want to learn more about dog parks in Vancouver, please visit the city of Vancouver website. Here you can see an interactive map of all the dog parks in Vancouver.
The Vancouver Aquatic Centre is a naturally lit complex located on Sunset Beach and borders Yaletown. The VAC offers a 50 m swimming pool equipped with a diving tower, a sauna and a weight room. It is wheelchair accessible and offers swimming lessons as well as competitive swimming clubs for all ages.
The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre is the local Yaletown community centre. The community centre offers a wide range of recreational activities and courses for all ages and skill levels. In addition to recreational activities, the Roundhouse also offers a great selection of arts and crafts. For more information about the community centre including hours of operation and what courses are being offered, please visit the Roundhouse website.
These are just a few of the many parks and green spaces that are found throughout Vancouver’s downtown core. One of the biggest draws of the Yaletown district is its attention to green space and parks. It seems that almost on every block there is some type green space which only adds to the allure of the neighbourhood. Yaletown also offers a host of other recreational options and activities from bicycle and kayak rentals to cruises around the marina to view classic West Coast sunsets.
If you would like more information about Yaletown’s parks or recreational opportunities, please contact me. I would love to show you how these green spaces and recreational choices add another dimension to the allure of Yaletown and make it such a great place to call home.