One of Fleetwood’s draws is its plethora of parks. Being such a small, residential neighbourhood, many wouldn’t believe that this neighbourhood could have so many green spaces. But with its over 30 parks in just a small area, you’d be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t satisfy that wanderlust, if just for a day. So, follow your feet to these little slices of heaven tucked away from the busy ‘burbs of Fleetwood.
Maple Green Park (8959 150 Street) is the perfect park for the kids, or those who are young at heart. This park has tennis courts, a basketball and ball hockey court, a large field for soccer or football, and even a playground. This park also has a lot of open spaces which make it perfect for picnics from spring to the fall. Maple Green Park has been around for 42 years, with the city growing slowly around it and allowing the park to be a little spot of fun and relaxation among the hustle and bustle.
If you’re looking for long walks, look no further than Hemlock Park (9277 160 Street). This park has been around for 85 years in Fleetwood! There are tons of walking trails through the forest, where you can stroll among the many Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, and of course, Hemlock trees.
Godwin Farm Biodiversity Preserve (9016 164 Street) is a lovely nature reserve for walking, sitting and enjoying the outdoors and wildlife watching. Originally, the park was owned by the Godwin family, who later donated the land to the city through the Federal Eco-Gifting program in order to protect it. There’s lots of great things to see, like the old orchard, the pond that was made by the Godwin’s, and a registered heritage tree that is 175 feet tall.
With gardens, a trail network, a spray park and more, Fleetwood Park (15802 80 Avenue) has something to offer for everyone. Fleetwood Park was named after Lance Corporal Arthur Thomas Fleetwood, a local World War 1 soldier. The nature loop is about 1.8 km long, a lovely walk among the old growth forest. There is also a large garden area, with many benches to sit and enjoy the flowers.
Freedom Dog Park (15452 84 Avenue) has over 3 acres of open space for your dog to run and explore. The park provides a balanced terrain with lots of grass and open gravel areas, and a looping trail through the forest. For your furry friends there is a covered seating area complete and a water tap.