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Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation fonds Bridges
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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.