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Champlain Heights was one of the last areas of Vancouver to be urbanized. Harold Kalman, an architectural historian stated, "The showcase residential community was planned in the early 1970s, with curved roads and cul-de-sacs serving a mix of housing types and income levels.". Located in the extreme south eastern corner of Vancouver, Champlain Heights is often closely associated with the neighbourhood of Killarney and consists mainly of various townhouse complexes and co-op housing units. The majority of the Champlain Heights area is leasehold property, with many of those leases attached to Coop/ affordable housing. The co-ops now at the end of their leases are facing steep increases in unit housing charges, some as much as 200%, and years of negotiations with the city due to these increases.
Everett Crowley Park, a 40-hectare park (the city's 5th largest) and a former city dump, is located in the area. The park is named after Everett Crowley, former city planner and parks board commissioner. Everett Crowley Park is the home of the longest Earth Day Celebration in the City. The City has been using this celebration as part of its long term reforestation project for the Park.
The education in the area is serviced by Champlain Heights Elementary School, designed by one of Canada's foremost architects, Arthur Erickson. Champlain Heights Elementary School services grades from kindergarten to grade seven. The school has many different extracurricular programs such as its French/German choir, knitting club, volleyball team, and basketball team. There is also an annex located on Champlain Crescent which provides education to children in kindergarten to grade three. The Annex also provides program space to other community groups which includes a program for children age newborn to five years old and their caregivers or parents as well as community space to the nearby public recreation centre. Those moving on to grade four at the annex usually transfer to the main school.