Polson Park is located near the heart of Vernon, adjacent to Highway 97 and Highway 6. The park was established in 1908 when Samuel Polson donated a large parcel of land to the city. Located in the park is the Lawn Bowling Club, the Interior Space and Science Centre, the Arts Council and Vernon Heritage Hall.
Polson Park is probably best known for the Floral Clock that was installed in 1958. It provides a great photo with its colourful background. Further into the park you will find the Japanese Garden, which was donated by the Japanese Community and the Chinese Pagoda, which was donated by the Chinese Community. Both were constructed in 1967 as Centennial Projects. The Rose Garden, a perennial favourite and also a Centennial project, is located in the south east of the park. Specific areas of the park can be reserved for your special event such as weddings, social gatherings and concerts. Call 250-545-6035 to book. There are two ponds in the park which support an abundance of waterfowl.
Some of the popular features of the park are:
- Floral Clock
- Japanese Garden
- lawn bowling
- duck pond
- Vernon Heritage Hall
- Water Spray Park (open, no charge from 10am-7pm every day, July and August)
- arts centre
- Chinese pagoda
- interior space & science centre
- running track
- wheelchair access playground