May 27, 2011
Penticton has so many wonderful hidden green spaces and unexpected trails tucked away unexpectedly among residential and commercial neighborhoods alike.
Today’s hidden green space is just a few blocks southwest of Cherry Lane Mall, tucked into a residential neighborhood with apartment buildings on the east, townhouses on the west, and singlefamily homes north and south. Access trails are on Kinney Avenue near Baskin Street (next to Greystone Terrace apartments), and from Baskin Crescent just off Baskin Street.
The green space itself has only one narrow winding footpath along its western edge, and the rest is a surprisingly wild tangle of trees and wild rose bushes, surrounded by knee deep meadow grasses that wave gently in the breeze. The surrounding residences seem to have turned their backs on this little bit of nature, with tall cement walls, and graffiti-strewn fences keeping civilized folks safe from this wild spot. On the other hand, at least one of the local residents has seen the beauty of this green space. A gate leads out of their yard, and passing under an arbour, they can slip into the meadow; they’ve even put out a bench where they can sit and enjoy. Good for you, whoever you are!
A picture is worth a thousand words, so without more ado, here is a taste of this hidden bit of nature in Penticton.