RIVERFRONT PARK EAST PLAYGROUND
A couple of large trees provide partial shade for this happy Minions-coloured playground. It comes complete with a plastic tunnel slide, a wide metal slide, a hanging bridge, chain link ladder and a rare, square shaped tunnel. From the top platform, children can enjoy seeing barges and tugboats chugging along the Fraser River with log booms in tow. Pea gravel lies below with surprises of little acorns and twigs, creating some tactile play for little ones.
Right next to it are tennis and basketball courts, surrounded by flourishing community garden beds. Benches line one side of the playground but additional seating options like picnic tables, both sheltered and unsheltered, are found a little further down the grassy field. Included in the picnic area are two BBQs and a fieldhouse with washrooms.
Locals will know that the summer brings lovely blackberries near the foot and bike paths along the river, perfect for little ones to munch on by the handful (with parent’s permission of course!).
Street parking on East Kent Ave S is limited, especially on the weekend, so it’s suggested to try parking on East Kent Ave N instead, all the while respecting the residential spots reserved for locals. Look for a crosswalk to find the path that leads over the railroad tracks and down to the riverfront.
Unbeknownst to many, Riverfront Park actually has two playgrounds on site, hidden further west amongst the trees. For a lack of a better name, we have profiled it as Riverfront Park West.
Thanks to South Vancouver Family Place for kindly suggesting one of their favourite playgrounds, found here at Riverfront Park.