Best Vancouver Park You’ve Never Heard of: Emery Barnes in Yaletown

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Vancouver suffers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to green spaces.  There are, of course, the heavy hitters: 1,000-acre Stanley Park, the magnificently landscaped Queen Elizabeth Park and VanDusen Botanical Garden, among others.  But the Vancouver Park Board maintains more than 200 separate properties across the city, including many, many gems that get relatively little attention but are dearly loved by in-the-know Vancouverites.  Among my favorite is a half-block oasis of green amidst the new high-rises of Yaletown: Emery Barnes Park, at the intersection of Davie and Richards Streets.

Now, there is no shortage of parks in Yaletown: In fact, False Creek and the seawall is lined with beautiful waterfront spaces.  Emery Barnes Park, however, stands out precisely because it’s not on the water.  Instead, it’s surrounded on all four sides by the new high-rise apartment buildings that have shot up like mushrooms in Yaletown over the last decade: a small square of brilliant green grass and gardens lodged in the heart of a concrete jungle.

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Best Vancouver Park You’ve Never Heard of: Emery Barnes in Yaletown