Named for Vancouver’s second Mayor, David Oppenheimer, the area was officially opened in 1898. A water fountain was donated in 1920 by Dr. H. M. Nomura and the park was also known as the home for the Industrial Baseball League which managed to attract huge crowds to their games. A 30’ totem pole was carved in 1997 as part of a community art project and received Neighbourhood Matching Funds from the Vancouver Park Board. It is meant to represent all those who have died in the Downtown Eastside and give strength to those left behind.
Oppenheimer Park underwent a significant renovation that was completed in May 2010.
Upgrades to the park include a new field house and washrooms, universally accessible walkways, children's playground, sports court with a basketball hoop, horseshoe pitch, patio spaces, picnic tables and seating areas, central lawn area, trees and flowers, sub-surface drainage and a new irrigation system.
Located in the heart of historic Japantown, Oppenheimer Park has a beautiful display of Japanese flowering cherry trees in bloom each Spring and hosts and number of community events including the annual Powell Street Festival over the BC Day Long Weekend in August.