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Vancouver Park Board. Recreation Services

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Vancouver Park Board. Recreation Services

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  • Office of the Supervisor of Children's Playgrounds, [1924?]-[1950?
  • Children's Playgrounds and Community Centres Division, [1950?]-1963
  • Supervised Recreation Division, 1963-1972
  • Recreation Program Division, 1972-1974

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In 1912, the Board of Park Commissioners established Vancouver's first supervised children's playground at MacLean Park. By 1924, the position of Supervisor of Children's Playgrounds had been established with responsibility for six playgrounds and a staff of thirteen. This division was responsible for administrative and supervisory work that involved planning, designing and coordinating all municipal recreation facilities, projects and programs that provide cultural, social and physical activities throughout the Vancouver Park Board. These were planned with the residents and users and carried out at neighbourhood, local area, and city-wide levels. In 1974, due to a staff reorganization, the responsibilities expanded to include ice rinks. The Director was assigned an Assistant Director to help with the administration of these duties. The director of this division reported to the Superintendent. The division was headed by a supervisor and called the Division of Children's Playgrounds and Community Centres in 1950. In 1963 the division's name changed to Supervised Recreation and its head was called a Director. The name of the division was again changed in 1972 to the Recreation Program, and finally, it was changed to Recreation Services during the reorganization which occurred in 1974.


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Vancouver Park Board

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Vancouver Park Board. Recreation Services, is subordinate to: Vancouver Park Board

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