I first posted on the new park at Nelson and Mainland in April, 2007 – here – just after it was finished construction.
Lots of comments. Ron Chin even pulled out the City’s staff report with the park’s design program:
The centre portion of the park is a softly undulating carpet of granite setts, studded with curving pieces of old granite curbs for informal seating under a canopy of ornamental flowering trees. More formal seating is incorporated on all four sides. Artful and subtle lighting will keep the park welcoming and safe after sunset.
The park is rooted in a tradition of small urban spaces that are designed and constructed with the highest quality of materials; it will be a precious little space that is attractive for a sunny lunch break, for a cup of coffee, or for meeting up with a group of friends.
Okaaay. There’s the test: a precious little space on a sunny day. Well, it was a sunny day on this walking tour. What’s up at the park?
Not, as it happened, much.
Even in the shade, next to the planters, not a soul:
It’s true there were some people, clustered on the dock next to Starbucks, or taking advantage of the WiFi:
And perhaps the park will seem more inviting as the trees mature. The louvres next to Nelson are already more attractive:
But on the whole, not what I would consider a successful public space, not for the cost.