My summer fun post became a two-parter, so if you were looking for the dogs in my last post and could only find one it’s because one of them is in these photographs. I apologize for any confusion caused.
The first post was all about pools because of my love of water but, apart from swimming, I also remember spending hours on swings and climbing all over equipment in playgrounds. The Gryo Club of Edmonton was formed in 1921 and built the first playground parks in the City. They funded the playgrounds through annual carnivals and members also maintained the parks and supervised them from May to August each year until the City assumed responsibility for them. We have photographs available online but, unfortunately, finding aids for the Gyro Club records held at the Archives aren’t online yet (we’re working on it!). However, they are available in our reference room if you can come to the Archives. We have everything from a masterplan of their wading pools to committee papers and scrapbooks.
The first Gyro Park opened in August, 1922 in Patricia Square (now Giovanni Caboto Park) and Gyro Park #3 (now Tipton Park) received an Edmonton Historical Board plaque in 1981. It opened on June 21, 1924 and some of the original slides (like the one in the photograph below) were still being used when the plaque was awarded. They were huge!
Some of the children are holding sailboats so they may have just come from the wading pool pictured in the last post.
Finally, here’s a nod to a couple of other sports popular in Edmonton, let me know if I missed any that you think should be included (who knows, I may be able to put together a third post):
I found a few summer baseball pictures but this is my favorite so I chose it even though it’s from March, 1949. Some of the kids are more interested in the camera than the game…
I don’t have much information on this photograph. Do you know where this is? Please comment if you do.
City of Edmonton Archives
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