VANCOUVER GENERAL HOSPITAL (VGH) PLAYGROUND
This playground is located at the corner of a grassy field, opposite the Alan Storey’s VGH Energy Centre Plaza*. The play structure has a double toddler slide and a twisty slide, as well as a spinning gears play panel. Like most talk horns, the one here doesn’t seem to carry anyone’s voices across the playground. It’s worth noting that there is a hard-to-find seesaw that seats four. Benches line the perimeter for parents to sit in the shade while their kids play.
The swings here at the VGH playground have recently been updated to hang at standard height (Dec 2020). For those familiar with this playground, the swings used to be unusually low which was advantageous for toddlers who wanted to try a big kid swing. Now, the only thing to write about is that they are a blinding, neon yellow.
Past the swings, there’s a large subway-like ventilation grate that is probably connected to the underground parking for the apartment building and daycare nearby. It sometimes blows a gentle breeze and is elevated so children like to jump off of that. Just make sure they keep your valuables far away from the grates because there’s absolutely no way one could retrieve fallen items.
Lastly, the rubber surfacing is crumbling in some areas so if your little one likes to munch on things, keep an eye out for that. Or not. There’s a hospital nearby.
(I’m kidding of course! 😉