Hinge Park is one of the newest parks in Vancouver, created during the redevelopment of False Creek for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The seawall runs through it and it’s only a few steps from the bakeries and brew pubs in Olympic Village.
This little park features a rainwater wetland with native plants and a swampy little stream. A pathway runs through the park, criss-crossing the stream, over hills and bridges, and even through a rusty, hollow submarine. It’s an off-leash area, so there are lots of kids and dogs running up and down the path, to the playground at the end, with a great view of False Creek.
The park is often the location for large-scale public art installations, most often focused on sustainability or human rights and diversity.
A section of the park juts out into the water, forming a tiny, land-tied island, affectionately called “Beer Island” by locals who sneak a drink there after dark. A pathway leads across the water and around it, giving an intimate, quiet view of passing boats and Aquabusses, glittering glass towers and BC Place across the water.