If you grew up in Vancouver, you’ll likely recall the caretaker’s residences in many of our larger city parks. These “field houses” were often thought of by imaginative young minds (perhaps my own) as the solitary dwellings of crotchety and freakish castaways from society. That “crazy park lady” was simply enjoying free lodging in exchange for keeping an eye over the park and cleaning the washrooms.
Today and through 2015, the Vancouver Park Board has decided to convert some of these field houses into studio space for artist projects. More on the city’s project here. One local artist, Germaine Koh has taken over the Elm Park Field House to create League, a space for an “open group of people who gather to play sports and games invented by members of the community. Each game, its equipment, its playing field, and its strategies are likely to evolve through trial and improvisation. It’s problem-solving as play.” More on League here.