05.02.14 by Jeff

Dude Chilling Park (Forever)

Dude Chilling Park
Photo credit: @DustinTimms

The saga of Dude Chilling Park has a happy ending! I can’t remember the last time a petition actually worked but this time it has!

Over a year ago The Province Newspaper reported that Guelph Park’s official sign had been secretly replaced by someone “who put a lot of effort into crafting the counterfeit, which even features the official Vancouver Parks and Recreation crest”.

The sign was a reference to a super chill statue of a dude, reclining on the grass. It was completely harmless and funny but was eventually removed by the parks board.


My photo of the dude chilling statue.


This week the Vancouver Parks Board approved the re-installation of the sign! (source) The park right by my house will have the best name in the history of park names, forever.

Thank you Viktor Briestensky for creating my favourite piece of public art in Vancouver, before you left town.

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Daniel

    A milestone. A beacon for a revolution.

  • eawesterhuis

    That’s really inspiring in a weird way. I remember this story, but didn’t know about the petition. I like how this sign calls into question where civic names come from. In nearby Surrey, there’s a lot of renaming going on (ex. University Drive). Thanks for posting.

  • Adam Amram

    This is so excellent.

  • http://desireeo.com/ Desirée O

    This makes me so happy! I love it.

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  • Ezequiel Blurpenstein

    haha, that’s pretty awesome! makes me want to go to vancouver just to check it out.

  • Aaron Villescas

    If you’re waiting for a sign… this is it.

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