at 3201 New Brighton Road (@ N Windermere Street), Vancouver , V5K 0A1
Located in the Hastings-Sunrise district of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, New Brighton Park is a waterfront park facing the North Shore Mountains with beach access to the Burrard Inlet. The park is surrounded by industrial plants, the Hastings Racecourse, as well as access to the Port of Vancouver. During the summer, the park becomes a popular location for recreational activity. There is a soccer pitch, tennis courts, barbecue/picnic sites, two playgrounds, beaches, and an outdoor pool. For local residents, New Brighton Park provides a nearby location with similar facilities found at other popular recreational parks such as Kitsilano Beach, which is located on the west side of Vancouver. New Brighton Park is also in the process of being connected to Hastings Park via Creekway Park, which will allow people to walk and cycle between the two locations.HistoryNew Brighton was previously known as Hastings Townsite back in 1865, and is considered to be the original area in which Vancouver began. To recognize the significance of this area, the City of Vancouver laid a plaque in 1968 indicating that this area was where the first outlets were established in the city. These outlets included the first post office, roads, playing field, Canadian Pacific Railway office, docks, and museum. The plaque also reads that Hasting Townsite was the most fashionable watering place in all of British Columbia. The plaque reads Here Vancouver Began. All was forest towering to the skies. British Royal Engineers surveyed it into lots, 1863, and named the area "Hastings Townsite" to honour Admiral Hastings, British Navy. Everything Began at Hastings. The first post office, customs, road, bridge, hotel, stable, telegraph, dock, ferry, playing field, museum, C.P.R. offices. It was the most fashionable watering place in British Columbia. New Brighton Park. Retains the name of a hotel built here in 1880 known as the new "Brighton House".
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