Clearbrook/Downes vs. Maclure: Vote in our best-park bracket

This August, we’re showcasing local parks, and hoping you will tell us which is your favourite

Abbotsford is blessed with dozens of parks, some among the very best in the Lower Mainland. And although everybody loves Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford has dozens of other parks as well. Some parks you may have never heard of. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be running a Final Four-style bracket that pits Abbotsford’s lesser-loved parks against one another. Proclaim your favourite park and see if you’re in the majority. At the end, we’ll set the favourite against Mill Lake and see if its backers can help it knock off the city’s crown jewel. At the end of the day, hopefully you will find a new park to explore.

You can vote below and on individual Park Vs. Park pages. Find those all here. You can also vote on separate polls our Facebook page. The results will be tallied separately, depending on where you vote. The winner will be determined by merging the two sets of results together.

For the first round, we’ll be posting two contests each day this week. Results will be tabulated next Monday.

Clearbrook Park/Downes Bowl vs. Maclure Park

5. Clearbrook Park and Downes Bowl are two very different types of parks that are, for all intensive purposes, the same unit. Clearbrook Park, proper, has ball diamonds, large, empty spaces and two off-leash dog areas (one for big dogs, and one for small). It has a picnic shelter and a soccer field and a ton of power lines. Downes Bowl, meanwhile, is a looping set of trails through an urban forest that takes a hiker far away from the city just a stone’s throw away. Your bracket organizer has already proclaimed it his favourite.

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Trail map.

12. Maclure Park, like a couple other parks in our bracket, is a collection of trails stretched between Clearbrook Park and Fishtrap Creek. It’s probably the most Discovery Trail-focused park being voted on, but it has its own network of trails too and provides an important green-space and park connection between central Abbotsford and the city’s western neighbourhoods. MAP

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Voting is also open for the following match-ups:

Sumas Mountain Regional Park vs. Matsqui Village

Rotary Stadium/Exhibition Field vs. Berry Park

Aldergrove Regional vs. Ravine Park

Fishtrap Creek vs. Old Riverside

Matsqui Trail vs. Horn Creek

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