A brand new playground next to Science World at False Creek is Vancouver’s “largest and most accessible” playground, according to the Vancouver Park Board.
Measuring more than 18,000 sq. ft., the playground – located in 6.3-acre Creekside Park – also includes a 22-metre long zipline.
“That’s something we looked at on our playgrounds,” said Park Board chair, Michael Wiebe on Thursday. “How do we challenge [kids] at our playgrounds? How do we make [our playgrounds] more useful for different age groups? How do we get kids to really want to be involved and hang out on the playground?”
The new playground, Wiebe said, answers those questions.
Some of the features of the new playground include:
- A climbing tower
- A giant tube slide
- A play hut with ramp
- Musical instruments
- Water, and sand play areas
“This is the type of park we want to design,” Wiebe said. “Parks that work with the neighbourhoods to find what they need. Parks that work with the children, with partners like Science World to create the type of parks we’re going to see moving forward.”
The playground – which cost $900,000 to build – also includes more than 30 shade trees, seating, lawn, and picnic areas.
In 2011, a nearby playground was removed to accommodate the outdoor exhibit expansion of Science World, as well as pedestrian and cycling path upgrades along the seawall.
At that time, a few of the play elements were relocated to the north end of Creekside Park where a playground just for small children existed.