The Burrardview Community is home to many parks – large and small. There are 4 parks in the area and 5 street-end mini-parks along Wall Street where everyone can enjoy the magnificent public views of Vancouver Harbour’s bustling industry.
Burrard View Park
This charming and welcoming park is home to the beautifully restored St. James’ Cottage Hospice. Burrard View has a children’s play area, tennis courts and ample room for throwing a ball. The original cottage foundations are now grassy platforms for picnicking and contemplating the views of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains. This park has several facilities and uses:
The newly renovated Harbourview Daycare is located at the southwest corner of the park. The Daycare is run by Kiwassa Neighbourhood House.
Burrard View Park has a sizeable off-leash dog area. This area is bounded by the Hospice to the west, Slocan Street to the East, Wall Street to the North and the path dividing it from the children’s play area to the South. Dog owners are asked to keep their pets out of the children’s play area and to refrain from using the dog area after 10PM. The dog area is on a trial basis so please refer to the signs along the park pathway for rules and regulations.
Burrard View Park houses the St. James Society Cottage Hospice. This heritage building has undergone many transitions – from an orphanage to a Juvenile detention center, to a Family Court and, in 1999, to its current use as a place of peace for the terminally ill and their families.
Community Meeting Room
The lower level of the Hospice contains a Community Meeting Room that can be booked for use through the Hastings Community Centre.
New Brighton Park
New Brighton Park is an eleven hectare multi-use park that neighbours the eastern border of the Burrardview community. It’s the only park in East Vancouver that has ocean beach access. There’s a pier, outdoor swimming pool, children’s play ground, playing fields, tennis courts, picnic area and great views of the Iron Workers’ Memorial Bridge, freighters heading in and out of the harbour, and the North Shore Mountains.
This park also has an off-leash dog area. Consult Vancouver Parks Board notices in the park for restrictions and geographic boundaries.
Dusty Greenwell Park
Dusty Greenwell Park runs the length of 2700-block Wall Street and is an official off-leash dog park.
This small and charming park is an ideal spot to pause on a walk through the neighbourhood. Find a bench in a peaceful spot and listen for the faint whistle of a train passing along Burrard Inlet, or simply enjoy the diverse plantings and colourful mosaics along the walkways. McGill also has a fine collection of deciduous trees, including maple, beech, mountain ash, dogwood and dove (Davidia) trees.