Series S625 - Park Board photographs

Italian game "Bocce" takes place on Victoria Park Family riding bicycles in Stanley Park Cyclists in Stanley Park and spectators Group embarking canoes at Jericho Beach shore Couple hauling in sailboat at Jericho Beach [Locarno Beach] Small sailboat with two passengers, sailing near [?] Children putting up sails Two sailboats in Burrard Inlet with West Vancouver in background Large sailboat in Burrard Inlet with Stanley Park in background Sailboat in Burrard Inlet with Stanley Park and North Shore mountains in background Group with lifejackets and canoes at shore Canoeing in Burrard Inlet Group with lifejackets and waterskis at shore Large sailboat with children in Burrard Inlet Small sailboat with two children [?] in Burrard Inlet Group of teenage cyclists Group of teenage cyclists Two men canoeing Children hoisting sails on sailboat Group of children at shore at Camp Capilano Costumed children at Camp Capilano Children playing with ball at Camp Capilano Children swimming in pool at Camp Capilano Person in wheelchair with man in parking lot Seniors sitting on picnic benches outside of Camp Capilano with Totem Poles and Canadian flag Seniors playing lawn darts at Camp Capilano Girls painting at Camp Capilano Road with bridge [at Camp Capilano] People swimming at Camp Capilano pool Girl pushing girl in wheelchair at Camp Capilano Park in West Vancouver [?] Children at indoor ice skating rink Children at stables riding horses Seniors at picnic table with girl at Camp Capilano Children practicing archery at Camp Capilano Seniors in dining hall at Camp Capilano Children in wading pool Teenagers [in hotel or dorm room?] Children at stables [Children at small water slide] [Children in ice sledges] [Child in ice sledge] [Seniors at Kerrisdale Carpet Bowling] [Seniors in room with table tennis] [Spectators in gymnasium] [Two people in wheelchairs beside fire engine] City of Vancouver Camp Capilano sign Girls at Capilano Salmon hatchery Group of children with camp leader at Camp Capilano Girls making a stick bridge at Camp Capilano
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2411 photographs: silver gelatin prints, negatives and slides

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The Board of Parks and Recreation has its origins in the granting of the 950 acre military reserve at First Narrows to the City for use as a park. The new park, named in honour of the current Governor General, Lord Stanley was formally opened in 1888. To control the operations of the park, Council appointed a Park Warden and a Park Committee to oversee the development and management of the park. In 1890, the Committee was replaced by a permanent elected body, the three person Board of Park Commissioners. The by-law which created the Board (no. 96) gave the Commissioners absolute control and management over the park system. It was expected to expend monies voted to it by Council and had the power to enter into contracts and pass by-laws. In 1896, the Board passed its first by-law "for regulations and government of the parks of the city," and appointed a Park Ranger. In 1904, the Park Ranger's title was changed to Superintendent of Parks. Although they were not defined in writing until 1929, the duties of the Superintendent were: to act as the administrative head and business manager and report directly to the Commissioners; to keep the minute books and books of account and generally supervise all employees; to prepare budget estimates and annual reports. In 1980 the title was changed to General Manager. Over its history, the Board has maintained the following functions: administration; beaches, pools and bathhouses; building services and maintenance; design and management of park development; engineering services; income operations; management of Zoo, Gardens and Conservatory; overall management; park forestry; parkland acquisition; parks maintenance and construction; poundkeeping; recreation and; relations with the public. Through several administrative reorganizations and evolving City priorities, the emphasis placed on the execution of these functions has changed. At incorporation, the acquisition of park land was paramount. Recreation programs became a strong priority between 1911 and 1935, reorienting the character of the Board in assuming a service function rather than concentrating on the acquisition of parkland. The relations with the public function became a strong focus for the Board, beginning in the late 1960s and continued to be a central focus in the 1990s. The Board is currently organized into the following divisions: Administrative and Revenue Services; Finance; Environment and Operations; Planning and Development; Recreation Services.

Over its history, the Board has been known under a variety of names:

  • Committee on Works and Property (1887-1888);
  • Parks Committee (1888-1889);
  • Board of Parks Commissioners (1890-1955);
  • Board of Parks and Public Recreation (1956-1973);
  • Board of Parks and Recreation (1974 ).

The following individuals have served as Superintendent of Parks (subsequently General Manager):

  • John Hurst, 1888-1889 in the position of Park Warden;
  • Henry Avison, 1889-1896 in the position of Park Ranger;
  • George Eldon, 1896-1903 in the position of Park Ranger, 1904-1910 in the position of Superintendent of Parks;
  • A. Balmer, 1910-1913; W. S. Rawlings, 1913-1936;
  • Allen S. Wootton, 1936-1943;
  • Philip Bateman Stroyan, 1943-1960;
  • Stuart B. Lefeaux, 1960-1979;
  • Vic Kondrosky, 1979-1980 as Superintendent of Parks and 1980-1997 as General Manager;
  • Susan Mundick, 1997-.

For a more detailed history, please consult the finding aid to the Board of Parks and Recreation fonds in the Archives' reading room.

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Series consists of photographs of downtown Vancouver, local areas within the city, parks, community centres, beaches, activities such as swimming, golfing, tennis, lawn bowling, skating, landscaping and gardening and the Stanley Park Zoo. Also depicted are Park Board offices, employees and Park Board Commissioners. Series contains two subseries: Slides, and Facilities development files.

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Transferred from the Board of Parks and Recreation in nine accruals between 1992 and 2004.


Photographs in this series have been assigned item numbers CVA 249-1, and in the range CVA 392-1 to CVA 392-1849, and CVA 357-1 to CVA 357-25.

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Slides numbered in the Slides subseries, CVA 392-1800.1 to CVA 392-1800.522, are kept in frozen storage and requires 48 hours notice to view. Please consult archives staff.

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Series, file and item list available in hardcopy in the Archives' reading room.

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