GEORGE WAINBORN PARK IN YALETOWN VANCOUVER

GEORGE WAINBORN PARK …. YALETOWN …. AND THE OCEAN BEYOND

This beautiful 2.49 hectare park was announced Vancouver’s newest jewel of waterfront parks. The George Wainborn Park is located downtown, off Pacific Boulevard at the foot of Richards Street and boasts formal and informal spaces, expansive lawns, a dramatic water feature and spectacular views of False Creek and the city. The park is named for Vancouver’s longest serving Park Board Commissioner, George Wainborn. George Wainborn contributed to the City’s parks and recreation system for 33 years between 1956 and 1990. Among his many accomplishments he was a leader in the creation of Stanley Park’s Miniature Railway, played a key role in starting the Carol Ships program, and initiated lighting of the magnificent grove of elm trees on Beach Avenue at Bidwell each Christmas season. A recipient of the Freedom of the City in 1991 and Order of Canada in 1999, he died in September 2003. George Wainborn Park opened in 2004 at a cost of $5.1 million.

In July 2006 a 40 foot tall wind sculpture entitled “Khenko” was installed at the bottom of the park. It was designed and built by artist Doug Taylor and was a gift from Concord Pacific Group Inc. dedicated to British Columbia’s former Lieutenant Governor, David Lam. “Khenko” is a Coast Salish word for “heron” and the sculpture celebrates the return of this bird species to the once industrialized False Creek.

Highlights of the park’s upper section includes the large circular water feature replicating water moving through the natural B.C. environment, surrounded by grass, formal plantings and benches. Seven specially designed bright yellow, steel Adirondack chairs on the upper promontory look out over False Creek. The lower section features a large rambling lawn with informal tree plantings, a colourful children’s play area with slides and swings, a serpentine walkway leading to the seawall, a bosque of birch trees with seating, and a promontory overlooking the water’s edge.

Seawall users will continue to use the existing routes through and around the park until adjacent construction is completed. The construction of the park is part of the overall development plan of Concord Pacific Group. It was designed by PWL Partnership Landscape Architects and the general contractor was Holland Landscapers.

Area:  Vancouver West
Neighbourhood:  Downtown
Year Built:  2004
Total Area:  2.49 hectares

via vancouver park board
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