Monday, August 23, 2010
These stories, collected from February 2009-July 2009, form a memory of this wonderful neighbourhood. Exploring these stories you can really understand the sense of the community, you can see how lives interconnect and you can piece together how this neighbourhood has grown.
Here are the direct links to the video stories:
Our Dad Percy
Conversation with Daphne
Seniors Diving Club
The Columbia House
The Homeless Person
Fraser and 33rd Dissolve
Read a little, watch a short video, send a link to a friend, add a comment of your own memories and definitely, definitely come back again and again!
Monday, August 9, 2010
I feel lucky to have been involved with such an amazing project and because of it have met some truly lovely people.
Right from the very beginning and down to the very last moment we knew we couldn't tell everyone's stories. We did our best with time we had.
Consider the blog just the tip of the iceberg!
On the final celebration screening we had a full house of friends, family, community members and staff. I have to say it was one of the warmest rooms I have been allowed to celebrate in!
On behalf of Lisa Walker and myself, lisa g, thank you for opening up to us. We hope to see you all again!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Local artist Lindsey Bond put together this amazing Soundwalk that ties together many sites and stories from our blog!
Lindsey walked around the Riley Park neighbourhood and recorded the everyday noises around. By downloading the file to your iPod or CD player, you can follow along with her.
Please take a moment to visit her website. I hope many of you will be able to take this lovely walk and reflect on some Riley Park Stories!
Special thanks to Lindsey for this contribution.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
James Anthony Abbott (born September 19, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who is best known for playing despite having been born without a right hand! He played for the California Angels, the Yankees, the White Sox, and the Milwaukee Brewers, from 1989 to 1999.
Imagine playing baseball with only your left hand! Abbott used his to throw a no-hitter for the Yankees on Sept. 4, 1993, used it to compile an 18-11 record with a 2.89 earned-run average with the Angels in 1991. He used it to pitch the USA to an Olympic gold medal, used it to win award after award from sports and charitable organizations.
After all this came an extended losing streak. Jim was demoted to the minors in August 1996 to work on his pitching form.
On Aug. 22, 1996, in his home debut for the Pacific Coast League Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey Stadium before 6,638, Abbott lost the first minor-league decision of his career, 5-0 to the Tucson Toros. I was at this game at Nat Bailey Stadium and saw Jim pitch well, but he did serve up a three-run homer to Roger Luce, the No. 9 hitter in the Tucson Toros' lineup. So the questions he faced from the media, were about one thing and one thing only: The enduring agonies of constant, relentless losing. He had a truly terrible year in 1996, posting a 2-18 record with a whopping 7.48 ERA and briefly retired.
"I'm a believer that through adversity, there's growth," Abbott said. "Sometimes you have to break through ground to get to the more fertile soil. I am a believer in that. I think this year, in a way, has been profitable. I'm not sure that the Angels want to hear that, and I'm sure I didn't want to go through this, because it hasn't been a whole lot of fun. Sometimes pain can be an important part of finding out who you are."
James Anthony Abbott is an inspiration. He is proof that through perseverance, almost any challenge can be overcome. There are thousands of two-handed pitchers who never came close to Abbott's stature, never showed one hundredth of his courage. The way he handled the success was a marvel; the way he has confronted this debacle of a season has shown, almost refreshingly, that everyone has limits.
By a Huge Fan, Doug Anderson.
How did he play with only one hand?
When getting ready to pitch the ball, Jim Abbott would rest a right-handed thrower's glove on the end of his right forearm. After releasing the ball, he would quickly slip his hand into the glove, usually in time to field any balls a two-handed pitcher would be able to field. Then he would remove the glove by securing it between his right forearm and torso, slip his hand out of the glove, and remove the ball from the glove, usually in time to throw out the runner and sometimes even start double plays. At all levels, teams tried to exploit his fielding disadvantage by repeatedly bunting to him; this tactic was never effective.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Beverly has lived in Riley Park for a long time…it is here that she raised a family. She often brought her kids to the Riley Park Community Centre.
She first lived on 17th in a house but now lives on 31st (at Fraser) in a townhouse…when she made this move she became interested in finding a community garden.
It has been 3 years now that she has been working with Eddie in Riley Park's Community Garden.
Beverly is in charge of the flowers and Eddie is in charge of the vegetables! They sometimes have meetings over the phone about what is going on in the garden, but now their partnership in the garden has it's own rhythm!
So, next time you see a community gardener, say "Hello! What do you do when you are not gardening?"
You might be surprised.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
One unsuspecting girl, Irma, was the recipient of such affections and she was, understandably, none too impressed. Chuck had a bit of a reputation!
As Chuck got older he partied in Queen Elizabeth Park in the summer and he skied over moguls on the hills in the winter. Finally, Irma became interested.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Our house was the go to house for whatever you needed: a cup of sugar, babysitting, a shoulder to cry on or as a community resource.
There was one row of houses in this complex called the Pensioners Row for folks who were 70 or older.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Adam works at the The Grin Cyclery, at Main and 30th. This bike shop is unique as they will turn your bike into an electric bike.
He has been working at this company since last March. It was the first job he took since arriving in Vancouver from the UK. During his job search Adam applied to over 150 places! He enjoys working at the bike shop, and is thankful it is in the Riley Park neighbourhood.
"This area has got a lot of independent stores, a vibrancy that other places don't have. I find other neighbourhoods can seem a little clinical. Main St has a good mixture of old and new. Also, the food in this stretch is one of the best parts of the job! It would be cheaper for us to be along Marine Dr. but it is worth it to be in this location, here you can go for lunch or drinks after work. I can get my good coffee too!"
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
I like this photo because that's not the real me. My face is at a window.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
The rest of the forest from 33rd south to 41st wasn't logged and cleared for housing until the 1950's.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I took this photo while Jenny was working on her post with lisa g. It's a good picture to me even though it's not one person posing. I don't care that it's blurry. It reminds me that it is art, it's just a normal day and not a special occasion. People wouldn't normally take this photo. It expresses my feelings.