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Photos of Central Park, Burnaby

Central Park, Burnaby

This urban park is notable for its immense douglas fir, western hemlock, cedar, poplar and maple groves. Central Park is similar to the magnificent rainforests that once dominated North America's west coast. Founded in1891 this century-old park features two ponds, home to geese and ducks, and the beautiful Earl and Jennie Lohn Perennial Garden. It has numerous paths surrounding its 222-acres (90 hectares) of green space.

Central Park is a popular place for many outdoor recreational activities. Jogging trails, a pitch-and-putt golf course, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and a children's playground are among the attractions. Wildlife in the park includes grey squirrels and coyotes.

A Korean War Memorial erected by the citizens of Korea to honor Canadian soldiers is located in the west side of the park, close to Boundary road.

Anchoring the park is Swangard Stadium, a Burnaby landmark and a former home for the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team. The Stadium located at the northwest corner of Central Park is host to for many sporting, cultural, corporate and fundraising events.

Central Park was once a naval reserve set aside as a source of masts and spars for ships of the Royal Navy. The park was named to honour Mrs. David Oppenheimer, the wife of Vancouver's second mayor, who was born in New York City.

The park is located on the Vancouver-Burnaby border, just west of the Metropolis at Metrotown shopping complex, and is bounded by Boundary Road on the west, Kingsway on the north, Patterson and Willingdon Avenues on the east, and Imperial Road on the south. The nearest Sky Train station, Patterson Station, named for Burnaby pioneer Dugald Campbell Patterson, is at the park's northeast corner. The main entrance to Central Park is off Kingsway near Patterson Avenue.

Central Park's primary attraction is the large proportion of its land reserved as a well-preserved temperate rainforest ecosystem, with numerous walking trails. This wooded oasis offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.