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Plan for Warren Harding memorial

Item is a blueprint copy of an architectural drawing showing a cross section and site plan for the memorial to the deceased U.S. President Warren G. Harding in Stanley Park. It has been annotated and signed in the top right corner in ink. It is numbered "Sheet 1".

Plan (in red) showing a suggested bye-pass [sic] road at south end of bridge to avoid cars making a U-turn and obstructing traffic

Item is a map of the Prospect Point area annotated to show a suggested bypass road at the south end of the First Narrows Bridge. Base map shows roadways approaching the proposed First Narrows Bridge, locations of hydrants, topography, and details of landscaping in some areas, and includes two elevations of a proposed skew bridge.

City of playgrounds

Item is a documentary film documenting people participating in recreational activities in Montreal?s parks. Some of the recreational activities documented in the film include children?s playground activities, a parade, races, baseball, tug-of-war, swimming, gymnastics, ice-skating, hockey and a toboggan run.

[Chicago and Minneapolis parks and playgrounds]

Item is a documentary film documenting parks and playgrounds in Chicago and Minneapolis in the United States of America. The film is shot in the winter and contains footage of parks and mostly vacant recreation playgrounds and playground equipment such as a miniature train and horse and carriage. The film also documents people engaged in recreational activities at an ice rink, animals and children in a playground as well as several identifiable locations including the Alder Planetarium (Chicago), the Keith R. Olsen Memorial Recreation Centre, the Stuart Field Minneapolis Park Board building, and Barnum Park. This film may have been used by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation for reference purposes.

"Morning show" Park Board part #2

Item is a documentary film documenting The Morning Show's coverage of visits to Vancouver parks with interviewer Ross Mortimer and host Doug Campbell. This film is the continuation of film MI-116 'Morning Show' - Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park Part #1. The program was aired on CBUT (Channel 2) in 1963 and contains footage of Ross Mortimer's interviews with the Chairman of the Parks Board who discusses Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park. This film also contains footage of Nelson Park and Ross Mortimer's interviews with seniors and children in the park about the uses and functions of parks. The film concludes with comments from Stuart Lefeaux, Superintendent of Parks and Grace McCarthy, Parks Board Commissioner.

"Morning show" - Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park part #1

Item is a documentary film documenting The Morning Show's coverage of visits to Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park with interviewer Ross Mortimer and host Doug Campbell. The program was aired on CBUT (Channel 2) in 1963 and contains footage of Ross Mortimer's interview in Stanley Park with Stuart Lefeaux, Superintendent of Parks in greater Vancouver. Lefeaux discusses various aspects of the interaction between parks, the Parks Board and the public as well as Parks Board personnel, Stanley Park history, recreational activities, and services offered to the public such as supervised playgrounds and refreshment services. In addition, the film documents a visit to Queen Elizabeth Park including footage of Century Rock, which is a time capsule located there that is to be opened in 2054. During the visit, Ross Mortimer interviews Grace McCarthy, Parks Board Commissioner, about the park's history, current uses and future visions and planning. The film also documents Ross Mortimer's interview with the park's landscape designer who discusses garden design as well as various types of trees and flowers in the park.

"Morning show" - Kerrisdale Community Centre part #2

Item is a documentary film documenting The Morning Show's coverage of the Kerrisdale Community Centre with interviewer Ross Mortimer and host Doug Campbell. This film is the continuation of film MI-114 'Morning Show' - Kerrisdale Community Centre Part #1. The program was aired on CBUT (Channel 2) in 1963 and contains footage of the recreational activities that take place at the Kerrisdale Community Centre as well as interviews with the centre's instructors, users, and administrators. The film documents Ross Mortimer's interview with Marshal Smith, Director of Supervised Recreation, who discusses the connection between community centres and the Parks Board. In addition, the film documents a variety of the centre's recreational activities as Ross Mortimer interviews the instructors and participants of various programmes including children's Judo, floor hockey, gymnastics, Christmas craft making, painting and women's Christmas arts and crafts.

"Morning show" - Kerrisdale Community Centre part #1

Item is a documentary film documenting The Morning Show's coverage of the Kerrisdale Community Centre with interviewer Ross Mortimer and host Doug Campbell. The program was aired on CBUT (Channel 2) in 1963 and contains footage of the recreational activities that take place at the Kerrisdale Community Centre as well as interviews with the centre's instructors, users, and administrators. The film documents Ross Mortimer's interviews with Mrs. Joan R. Grey, who is an employee of the Parks Board and is responsible for the centre's programmes, and Mr. Hal Milton, who is the President of the Kerridale Community Centre. In this interview, Milton and Grey discuss how the centre is jointly operated with the Parks Board as well as other topics including fundraising, volunteers, and the role of women in the centre. In addition, the film documents a variety of the centre's recreational activities as Ross Mortimer interviews the instructors and participants of various programmes including a children's exercise class, a senior citizens carpet bowling group, an adults clay sculpting and pottery class, a women's art class, a women's French class, and a children's Judo class. There is also footage of an interview with Francis Bodey, who is the secretary of the Kerrisdale Community Centre.

On the spot zoo story

Item is a documentary film documenting the Stanley Park Zoo. The film contains footage of various animals at the zoo including Nanook the polar bear, penguins, Oscar the baby seal living with the penguins, seals, sea lions, monkeys, peacocks, pigeons, flamingos, and ducks. The footage of the animals is narrated by Fred Davis. Davis also interviews the curator of the zoo, Alan Best, who talks about his career, his Labrador retriever, and the challenges of diet and climate change for some of the animals at the zoo.

Playground films -- special events

Item is a documentary film documenting various recreational activities and special events taking place in park playgrounds in Vancouver. The film contains footage of special events such as the 1967 Sandbox Project, the Annual Kids Fishing Derby, and the Soap-box Derby. The recreational activities documented include baseball, children?s fishing, Ukrainian dancing, outdoor ballet dancing, boxing, bicycle riding, basketball, volleyball, outdoor gymnastics, children?s games, and musical performances. The film also documents a children?s parade involving children carrying signs with various Vancouver park names, a children?s puppet show, a parade with children marching their bicycles and a marching bag-piping band as well as a children?s trophy ceremony. In addition, the film contains footage of children driving mini cars at the Playground Traffic School as well as footage of Camp Capilano and children participating in recreational activities such as hiking, eating lunch and tug of war.

Visit of Queen Elizabeth - dogwood - playground

Item is a documentary film documenting Queen Elizabeth's 1959 visit to Vancouver. The film shows preparation of a presentation for her visit to Queen Elizabeth Park as well as the presentation being viewed by Queen Elizabeth. The presentation consists of an assembly of children creating a dogwood-flower-shaped formation in the park.

Playground feature

Item is a documentary film documenting John Lawson Park in West Vancouver. The film contains footage of the proposed playscape model for the playground as well as footage of the completed playground with children playing on it. The film also documents an interview between two unidentified men at the playground.

Handicapped summer playground program

Item is a documentary film documenting the Handicapped Summer Playground Program of 1963. Film contains footage of the B.C. Society for Crippled Children?s bus which transports the children to the park as well as footage of the children participating in activities such as playing games and eating lunch.

Stanley Park railway

Item is a documentary film documenting the Stanley Park Miniature Railway and other recreational activities in the park. The b&w footage of this film documents the construction of the miniature railway including bulldozing of the land and building of the railway tracks. It also contains footage of a ceremony involving hammering in the last spike as well as footage of the train running along the tracks in full operation carrying passengers and arriving at a station filled with crowds of people waiting to take a ride. The colour footage of this film documents other recreational activities in the park such as people doing arts and crafts, archery, and the 19th Annual Sandbox Contest. Collingwood Park is also documented in the film with footage of children participating in a tug of war and high jump. There is also footage of an unidentified ceremony involving a musical band, flag raising and balloon releasing.

Opening of Bloedel Conservatory

Item is a documentary film documenting the opening of the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park on December 6th, 1969. Film contains bird?s eye view footage of the Bloedel Conservatory, Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver as seen from an airplane. The film also documents the external building structure of the Bloedel Conservatory and people entering it for the opening ceremony. Notable people filmed at the opening ceremony include Mayor Tom Campbell and his wife (who is holding a programme leaflet for the opening), Prentice Bloedel and his wife (who are in front of the sculpture), Deputy Park Superintendent Bill Livingstone (man talking at the microphone and who designed the park), Park Board Chair Andy Livingstone, Vice-Chair Sandy Robertson, Ex-Park Commissioner Grace McCarthy, Park Commissioner George Puil, Park Commissioner George Wainborn, Park Superintendent Stuart Lefeaux and his wife Louise and H.R. MacMillan and his daughter Jean Southam..

Opening of 2099 Beach [Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation building]

Item is a documentary film documenting the opening of the Board of Parks and Public Recreation building at 2099 Beach Avenue as well as recreational activities and special events in Stanley Park. The film contains footage of the ribbon cutting ceremony with crowds in attendance as well as winter snow scenes with people, ducks and swans in the park. Other recreational activities documented include log rolling in a pool, diving, and poolside sunbathing. The film also documents the unveiling of the statue of Lord Stanley in Stanley Park and concludes with footage of a baby polar bear.

Our outdoor heritage

Item is a documentary film documenting Vancouver's parks in 1940. This film names Vancouver the "Playground City of the North West" and contains footage of Stanley Park, Connaught Park, Douglas Park, Devonshire Park, Shaughnessy Park, Memorial West Park, Memorial South Park, Almond Park, Hastings Community Park, Grandview Park, Trout Lake, Queen Elizabeth Park, Tatlow Park, Thornton Park, Hadden Park, Burrard View Park, Maple Grove Park, Sunset Nursery, Victory Square Park, Beaver Lake Park as well as Vancouver's beaches including English Bay, Kitsilano Beach, Second Beach, Spanish Banks and Locarno Beach. The film also features Stanley Park including footage of typical scenes at the entrance and causeway, the Administration Offices of the parks system, primeval forest scenes, blossom time in the rockeries and gardens, Lost Lagoon, Prospect Point, Lions Gate Bridge, the totem poles and a view of Stanley park from afar. As well, the film documents the locations of the free swimming classes provided by Vancouver?s newspapers at Lumberman?s Arch Pool, Kitsilano Pool, New Brighton Pool and Maple Grove Pool. Vancouver?s playgrounds are also documented with footage of children playing in the playgrounds at Memorial South Playground, Norquay Playground, Robson Playground and McLean Playground. In addition, this film documents a variety of recreational activities that take place in Vancouver?s parks including swimming, sunbathing, boating, diving, folk dancing, tennis, golfing (at Fraser Golf Course), walking, lawn bowling, horse-shoe pitching, model yacht racing, cricket, playing games, enjoying the park's fauna and flora (in both summer and autumn), picnicking and having BBQs. Special events such as symphonies, Dress-up Day, the Annual Sandbox Contest, and the annual Soap-box Derby are also documented.

Stanley Park highlights

Item is a documentary film documenting Stanley Park including recreational activities and special events in the park. The film contains footage of traffic entering Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge viewed from the park, totem poles, as well as scenes of trees and flower gardens that show the park in bloom. The film documents people engaging in a variety of the park?s recreational activities as well such as horse back riding, walking, playing cricket, purchasing ice-cream from the ice-cream stand, golfing, swimming and playing in the water at the beach. The film also contains footage of track and field sports taking place at Brockton Oval including shot-put, discus, running races, high jumping, and pole-jumping. In addition, the film documents a visit to the park by Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as well as people building the sea wall. Children are also featured in the park playing on the playground equipment, riding the Stanley Park Miniature Railway, and interacting with the animals at the petting zoo. Various animals in Stanley Park and the zoo are also documented including swans, ducks, raccoons, monkeys, sea lions, penguins, sea otters and a peacock.

Our people at play

Item is a documentary film documenting people participating in recreational activities in Vancouver's parks. The recreational activities shown in the film include tennis, lacrosse, cricket, baseball, soccer, golf, lawn bowling, ice skating, rugby, football, field hockey, sunbathing, swimming, children's finger painting, ballet dancing, boys' woodworking, girls' arts and crafts, girls' indoor basketball, bingo, bag piping, and dancing. The film also documents the free archery instruction that was offered by the Park Board Commissioners as well as several Stanley Park feature activities such as the Stanley Park Miniature Railway, Theatre Under the Stars and Opera in the Malkin Bowl.

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