From landfill to spectacular parkland–a journey more than 50 years in the making
What started out as landfill has turned into a beautiful park with special areas for family play and young people looking for high-energy fun. Taylor Park offers a family area, youth area, dog off-leash area, sports courts and sports field in southeast Burnaby.
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A legacy of sports and reclamation
Taylor Park was named after a family originally from Winnipeg who arrived in Burnaby in the late 1930's. The Taylors are best loved and remembered for their community contributions, especially in youth sports. Mr. Taylor coached and managed soccer teams. His sons followed in their father’s footsteps, continuing the legacy of service–including helping launch one of the first young women’s soccer leagues in the Lower Mainland.
From landfill to park
The land on which Taylor Park sits was known as the Stride Avenue Landfill from the mid-1900s to the late 1980s. Over the last 30+ years, the landfill has transformed from a dump site into spectacular parkland. Taylor Park opened in 2005 with a family area, playground and picnic tables, fountains, trees and a special sandbox full of archeological 'wonders' reproduced in resin and concrete–an affectionate nod to Taylor Park's early beginnings.
Taylor Park’s youth area is located just east of the family area. City staff worked with local youth to ensure their ideas were included in the park and the youth area in particular. Many of the features listed here were inspired by their input.
- Beginner bike skills course
- High School size basketball court and a half court with 8-foot and 10-foot hoops
- Cable ride
- Display of mosaic art created from local high school art classes set in a banquet picnic table
- Ball hockey court near the entrance to the park
- Large disc swing (wheelchair accessible)
- Casual sports field next to youth area
- Picnic area
Taylor Park features a family area with bright, colourful, climbable play structures and nets, along with a swing set, picnic tables, fountains, trees and a sandbox.
Let your children be archeologists for a day–digging for 'artifacts' buried in the sand. These 'artifacts'–a can, doll, baseball, apple core and other treasures originally found in the old Stride landfill–have been faithfully reproduced in resin and concrete for 'safe' excavation. Nearby, an art tower houses artifacts representing the landfill, including toys donated by the children at Taylor Park School.
Located in the youth area, the disc swing has room for lots of kids to hang on and swing together.
Local high school art classes designed the mosaic set in a banquet picnic table in the youth area. It's a gathering place for youth to socialize with one another.
Families and visitors have a place to picnic under shady trees while watching their children on the playground.
This beginner bike skills course features dirt jumps, mounds and trials area to encourage new riders to the sport.
The courts are located close to the park entrance while the sports field is next to the youth area.
Taylor Park has a large off-leash area to walk and exercise your dog.
Take a stroll or ride along BC Parkway–Metro Vancouver’s original recreational bike and pedestrian route, crossing Burnaby to connect the Westminster Quay waterfront to False Creek in Vancouver. It borders the east side of Taylor Park.
- There are 2 designated parking stalls in the parking lot off of Mission Ave at the corner of Southpoint Dr, plus additional parking available along the street.
Picnic and play areas
- Several accessible picnic tables are located near the children’s playground and the youth area.
- The playground is designed to accommodate mobility devices like wheelchairs so your child has access to most play equipment.
- The youth area, basketball court and hockey court are all accessible.
- There's an accessible washroom available at Taylor Park.
Taylor Park is open from dawn 'til dusk year-round.
7599 Mission Ave, Burnaby
Located in southeast Burnaby, not far from the Edmonds SkyTrain Station.
There is street parking on Southpoint Dr at Taylor Park Elementary School after school hours.
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