Looking down on a little park on the edge of Yaletown at the foot of Helmcken Street.  It was built before the highrises and gentrification of Yaletown; only the extended-care home to the north and the warehouses to the west existed.  The rest was parking lot and railyards.

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Now it has matured and provides an oasis for Yaletowners of all types, as these images from Michael Alexander illustrate.

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Unfortunately one thing hasn’t changed, as Michael notes:

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The lane at the west end of Helmcken Park. The friendly folks at the Yaletown Galleria building (right rear) have barricaded the street, which somehow became a private parking lot, with bollards and cables, while their businesses use the park’s edge for advertising.

Unfortunately the City never had, gave away or lost the right-of-way east of Mainland, preventing the extension of the park to the eventual Helmcken Greenway.