Why I love Strathcona
My 14-year-old neighbour, Nina, agrees with me.
“The park is great," she enthuses. "There are lots of other kids. And we are nearby to everything: bike paths, the buses on Prior and on Hastings.”
Strathcona is also home to every child’s fantasy—La Casa Gelato—a.k.a. The Pink Palace—where you can join dozens of other families and dates trying to pick from hundreds of flavours (wasabi gelato anyone?) until 11 p.m., seven nights a week.
Nina is also a star in one of Strathcona’s amazing free-things-to-do-that-only-exist-here institutions. The Limelight Project provides professional level performance instruction to kids and then put on top-notch shows.
All those churches and community centres provide loads of other affordable activities for kids, and adults: whether your cup of tea is doing tai chi with the older Chinese ladies in the park or yoga with the neighbourhood moms or learning to carve wood; it’s all here.
There is something that feels safer about having my kids in this neighbourhood than the quieter neighbourhood where I lived before. Here, I feel that my children and I are seen; that my neighbours know us and would jump in and help us if anything happened.