Stanley Park: Place Biography: Stanley Park

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Place Biography: Stanley Park Stanley Park, named after the governor-general Lord Stanley, is a nestled place of nature that is surrounded by the concrete jungle that is known as the city of Vancouver. It allows the residents to take a break from the urban sprawl, all while remaining in the comfort of their own city. While, today it is seen as a change of pace that is smoothly integrated into our city’s culture and transportation networks, the creation of the park and its history actually has a checkered past of conflict and inequality that many seem to have taken for granted. While the park did serve as a site for sore eyes, it was not only a urban park or environmental relief, it was also an indication of the larger trend that was occurring…show more content…
This led the park into increased use and exposure of more people other than just motorist. This creation truly opened the park to the public and allowed anyone to use the park for their own pleasure. Originally, it was made in order to protect the coastline from erosion in 19174. But, the seawall also served a secondary purpose as it also was a biking and walking path that is popular till this day and is used by millions each…show more content…
The solution to this was to create green spaces in the city environment so that nature was accessible by all. A couple examples of this would be Central park in New York and Stanley Park itself. Both Central and Stanley Park are large parks that are centered in a large city and are surrounded the concrete jungle of the city. The idea of the urban park was created during the 19th century and was under the premise that the city was a dirty and unhealthy environment to be in. While, the park showed a natural, clean, and healthy environment. The unhealthy environment of the city was due to the industrialization of the major cities, which were full of epidemic and constant violence . This would be much different from the natural feel of parks and “natural” landscape, as these areas would have little development and be “pristine”. Also, they would be more peaceful and lack the human epidemics of the city. Thus, the building of green spaces in the city was meant to calm and relax the citizens and provide a chance of pace to “cleanse” the mind and body of the weary citizens

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