Rupert’s attractive, open views create a wonderful setting for walking or playing in one of the sport fields. There is plenty of space for children’s play and picnics in the upper half of the park; or, slip through the trees on paths that open up to the ponds and rolling greens of the pitch ‘n’ putt.
Once destined for a shopping mall this uniquely located park was set aside for the public’s enjoyment in 1965. Thankfully, a dedicated Vancouver Park Board and a diligent community convinced City Council that the east side of the city needed parkland more than a shopping facility. Rupert Park was officially named in January 1967 and opened as the Park Board’s third pitch & putt golf course in 1971. Its main distraction was a major highway bisecting its rolling greenswards.
In 1995 the park was completely refurbished and the road removed making the property whole once again. New fields, a renovated golf course and redesigned fieldhouse plus a perimeter pathway give this neighbourhood park a multifaceted feel.