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Killarney is abundant with parks and green spaces, reflecting its forest history. The largest park is Everett Crowley Park, along Kerr Street and Marine Drive. Originally a forested area with a ravine and waterfall, Everett Crowley Park was a landfill for many years before being reclaimed to a park. Nearby at Kerr is the Fraserview Golf Course, which also includes a number of trails.
Killarney Park, built as a reclaimed bog at Killarney Secondary School, is home to a community centre, which includes a swimming pool. A community centre can also be found in Champlain Heights, at East 54th and Kerr.
Killarney consists of single-family homes and townhouses, as well as the glittering high-rise apartment buildings constantly being developed along the Fraser River. Champlain Heights is part of Killarney and was one of the last areas of Vancouver to be urbanized. Located in the extreme south-eastern corner of Vancouver, Champlain Heights is often closely associated to the neighbourhood of Killarney and consists mainly of various townhouse complexes and co-op housing units. Most of Champlain Heights area is leasehold property, with a 99-year lease with Vancouver. The many co-ops make the area’s real estate some of the most affordable in Vancouver.
Casual, fast food and family-style restaurants abound in Killarney, along with sports and recreational offerings at the Killarney Community Centre, which includes a fitness centre, leisure pool and ice-skating rink. The area also boasts one of Vancouver’s largest public parks; Everett Crowley Park at 40-hectares (100 acres), built on a former landfill. Located at Kerr and Marine Way in South-East Vancouver, Everett Crowley Park is a unique place for recreation, nature appreciation, and wildlife habitat. The park rests on an escarpment and looks out over the North arm of the Fraser River. Nature trails and walking paths offer magnificent views for Killarney residents.
The dominant lifestyle group in Killarney is new immigrants from China and, to a lesser degree, the Philippines, Vietnam and South Asia. These middle-aged families typically are well-educated and ethnically diverse. More than a third speak Chinese and nearly two-thirds speak a language other than English. While their incomes are average, this group is upwardly mobile with above-average savings levels, lofty home values and upscale spending patterns.