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Seaforth Peace Park
Park Location
1620 Chestnut Street
(@ Cornwall Avenue)
Neighbourhood
Kitsilano
Area
0.74 hectare
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About the Park
Walks lined with delicate ornamental trees provide an interesting contrast to the substantial architecture of the surrounding Burrard Street Bridge, Molson Brewery, and Seaforth Armoury. The sunny plaza is a pleasant place to enjoy lunch.
History
Originally this property was part of the Kitsilano Indian Reserve and was eyed as parkland from the early 1920s. It was a park by 1949 though there is no exact date for the official dedication. It is named for the nearby Seaforth Armory. In July 1986 the Park Board approved a fountain memorial to commemorate the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Artist Sam Carter created a water-filled bronze cauldron resting on granite containing an eternal flame, a major feature of the park.

In the 1992 Seaforth Park officially joined the ranks of Peace Parks across Canada during a moving ceremony which included local school children with their specially crafted peace quilt and the planting of 12 Cercidiphyllum trees (Katsura) creating a peace grove at the park's southern end. It's new name became Seaforth Peace Park.

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