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.
Fishtrap Creek Park vs. Old Riverside Park
4. Just look at that picture above. Fishtrap Creek Park has some of the nicest urban scenery in Abbotsford, and the trails that ring its tree-lined ponds make this one of the most popular spots to go for a casual walk. With a picnic shelter, a playground and ball fields (we’re counting Ellwood Park here too), Fishtrap can seem like a low-key version of Mill Lake Park. The ponds aren’t just for looks, though. They provide habitat for wildlife and fish, and serve as an important stormwater detention facility for the city’s residents.
13. Old Riverside Park is a strange park. Here’s what the city wrote about it on an old brochure: “Here you can roller blade or leisurely stroll around the paved pathway. If your goal is a workout, head for the forested trail to enjoy a fitness experience by walking, jogging or mountain bike riding.” And its 13th seeding probably flatters it, but it boasts a terrific forest loop that showcases some of the Abbotsford’s most spectacular urban trees. And it’s got that weird paved loop around some power lines, if that’s your thing.
Voting is also open for the following match-ups: