Ceperley Park is a large grassy area within Stanley Park next to Second Beach. It is also frequently called Ceperley Field. It is right behind Second Beach and next to the Second Beach Outdoor Swimming Pool and concession stand.
The area is home to a large grass field, 2 large children's playgrounds, a basketball court, a reservable picnic area, and the Air India Memorial.
Ceperley Park is one of the busiest parts of Stanley Park. Ceperley Park is frequently used as the staging ground for many events, e.g. runs, walks, triathlons, etc., because of the large field. During the summer it is one of Vancouver's favourite picnic areas for families because of it's proximity to the beach, pool, playgrounds, and concession stand. There are some picnic tables that can be used on a first-come, first-serve basis as well as a reservable picnic shelter area which has some cooking facilities.
Ceperley Park is also the location of the Air India Memorial. This is a memorial to the many people who lost their lives on an Air India flight due to terrorism.
Ceperley Park is named after Grace Ceperley who donated money to create the original playground in the park. There is a plaque honouring her located on the side of the building just above the playground. For more information: Grace Ceperley Plaque.
To get to Ceperley Park in Stanley Park by driving you must enter Stanley Park from the Beach Avenue entrance headed west. Continue into Stanley Park without turning for a few hundred metres and Ceperley Park will be on your left. At this point Beach Avenue has turned into Stanley Park Drive. Note by the time you reach Ceperley Park there is only limited street parking...see parking information below..otherwise you will need to go a long way around to get back to parking.
There are a number of parking lots near Ceperley Park and some street parking. The closest parking lot is located on the east side of Ceperley Park and is accessible from the Beach Ave entrance to Stanley Park. Also, close to this parking lot is the parking lot for the former Fish House Restaurant(PERMANENTLY CLOSED). There is also a significant sized parking lot west of Ceperley Park, however to access this parking lot you need to drive all the way around Stanley Park and come down the hill from Prospect Point past the Teahouse Restaurant so it is a long way to drive to park. There is some street parking along the north side of Ceperley Park and farther along North Lagoon Drive. Note that finding a parking space during sunny summer weekends may be very difficult! For more information about parking and prices, read this: Parking in Stanley Park
There are 2 primary ways to get to Ceperley Park in Stanley Park by bicycle. The main route is to head west on the bicycle path which runs right beside Beach Avenue at English Bay for a few hundred metres and the bicycle path goes right through Ceperley Park. Alternatively, if you are coming from the north, you can take the bicycle path which runs beside Lost Lagoon, then past the Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden, then through Ceperley Meadow, then through the tunnel into Ceperley Park.
There are 2 primary ways to get to Ceperley Park in Stanley Park by walking. The main route is to head west on the English Bay Seawall from English Bay for a few hundred metres. The seawall goes right in front of Ceperley Park. Alternatively, if you are coming from the north, you can take the walking path which runs beside Lost Lagoon, then past the Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden, then over the bridge at the Duck Pond, then left onto the walking path through Ceperley Meadow, then directly into Ceperley Park.