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February 18th, 2013 - 03:39 AM
I recently added a new gallery entitled Queen Elizabeth Park. QEP is a fantastic place to visit and I always enjoy my visits regardless of the season or weather. I have visited many times and on each visit I find things I haven't seen before. There are currently four images in the Queen Elizabeth Park Gallery, but I will be adding more. I hope you like the images and get the opportunity to visit the park. Enjoy!
Queen Elizabeth Park is Vancouver’s “horticultural jewel” as it has some of the most beautiful and well maintained gardens in the world. The second most visited park in Vancouver, BC, Queen Elizabeth Park receives nearly 6 million people a year who marvel at its superior standard of garden plantings. Queen Elizabeth Park perched atop Little Mountain in the centre of Vancouver, British Columbia is one of the largest parks in the city at over 130 acres, second only to the famous Stanley Park. At 550 feet above sea level it is one of the highest points in the city, overlooking the downtown core to the north, the sea to the west and the city and valley to the east and south.
The peak of Little Mountain serves as home to some interesting architectural wonders. The Bloedel Conservatory filled with exotic plants and animals and has the distinction of being he first geodesic conservatory built in Canada. In December 1969 Prentice Bloedel gave over $1 million toward the development of a new plaza, covered walkways, fountains and the domed Bloedel Floral Conservatory. An avid collector of modern art, Mr. Bloedel further enhanced the new plaza with the gift of the Henry Moore sculpture, “Knife Edge” by famous Canadian Henry Moore.
Queen Elizabeth Park has one restaurant, Seasons in the Park. In 1974 the park's last major development in the original plan was undertaken in the form of a new restaurant, perched over the north quarry garden. This was called the Quarry House (later Seasons in the Park). Every seat in the restaurant offers superb views of the city. Seasons in the Park is a very short walk from Bloedel Conservatory.
The newly redeveloped plaza was officially opened in April 2007. The cost for the reconstruction was $6 million and encompassed a 1.2 hectare area including seven covered Tai Chi arbours, the Celebration Pavilion and the fabulous "Dancing Waters" fountain comprised of 70 jets of water using 85,000 litres of recirculating water.