I’ve seen this place (which I presume was once a section of Vancouver’s Napier Street) many times, but never stopped to look at it.

Sure enough, it looks like a West End traffic calming mini-park, and might give a few hints about the Arbutus Greenway.  A local community volunteer group calls this “Napier Square Greenway”.  It leads from Commercial Drive to the Britannia Community Centre (and back). And it’s a terrific people place.

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Things to note:

  • The garden, maintained by the “Britannia Neighbours“.  Recent Sunday work parties have focused on aphids and sticky oak leaves.
  • Furniture — looking like furniture now appearing on Point Grey Road, and long in place in the West End.
  • Decorative stonework, in the form of a meandering section set into the paving bricks, with a series of circular designs made out of coloured stones.