The New Myrtle Park: Review

Last year, I reviewed Myrtle Park in Deep Cove, which is a park I grew up visiting that had changed very little. During the off-season, the park was given an upgrade, and I recently went back to check it out. Having a new spray park is an exciting thing, after all.

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Myrtle Park retained its “big kids” playground area, removing the older play structure AND the swings area, adding in more green space and a new splash area. While not exactly to the concept drawings, the revised park is still quite nice. Still, I feel like the park got more of an aesthetic upgrade than an actual PLAY upgrade. The AWESOME swing set was removed and replaced with a tiny baby swing set, no big kid swings, and one of the swing rockers that I’m not the biggest fan of. The splash pad is nice, great for small kids, but it’s not as interesting as the older version. 

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Brockton School Playground

Brockton School is a private school in Lynn Valley. We paid many visits to the playground last year while Aiden was taking Pedalheads. Since the class was short, and Damien was with me, we spent a lot of time playing on the play structures. 

The playground offers older play materials, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as I find some of the older play equipment is more fun than all the new “safe” stuff. There were lots of play options for kids of many ages.

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Fishworks in North Vancouver: A Review

Despite living in North Vancouver for many years, we ate at Fishworks for the first time this past Sunday. Fishworks was created to fill a void for great seafood on the North Shore and embraces timeless dishes with a contemporary feel. The menu had lots of amazing options.

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I dined on the tuna tataki and the Fishworks Bouillabaisse. I’m a sucker for a good bouillabaisse and I am so glad that this did not disappoint. I find it’s ether a dish that disappoints or it’s lovely! At Fishworks, the portions were huge, I couldn’t even finish! Neither could Ianiv finish his carbonara!

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Our service at the restaurant was great, though we ended up closing up the place. We arrived at 8:30 and were told the kitchen closed at 9, though I wasn’t warned about that when reserving. I was actually surprised to find the restaurant empty so early! Any idea why this could be?!

The only downside to the night for me was a really terrible martini! I did not enjoy the olives at all (they tasted like soap?!), so as a ‘dirty’ martini, the whole drink was ruined for me. 

The Active Mama Restaurant Review Guide names Fishworks as date-night worthy(heart) and a girls night contender (martini), but not a kid-friendly choice. Though I’m all for taking kids to nice restaurants, they have to really enjoy seafood to come with you here!

Fishworks
91 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver

Michael Park: A Review

Nestled in a tree-surrounded wedge in the Boulevard / Calverhall neighbourhood area, off E 11th Street and Drayton Street, is a lovely little park. Michael Park boasts a beautiful shady park with a huge grassy area and lots of trees for climbing, plus a decent play structure and two swing sets (surprising!). 

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The park is partially fenced, which helps deter ‘runners’ from escaping, but cannot be relied on for determined toddlers. The kids played here quite contentedly for an hour and a half – until everyone had to use the bathroom (of which there wasn’t one, of course!).

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Chief Dan George Park: A Review

Chief Dan George park is one of the smallest playgrounds in the District of North Vancouver, called a “neighbourhood pocket park,” which is great to burn off steam if you live close by, but not much else. Geared towards smaller kids, the park boasts a single play structure (climb up, slide down) and a swing set, plus a digger and a ball structure, though it does boast a larger green space for exploration. 

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For more of my playground reviews, check out the full directory of North Vancouver Playgrounds.