Thursday, February 25, 2010

story: queen elizabeth park

10 plus years sees an obvious change in tree and plant growth in Queen Elizabeth Park, but also in the style of clothing and the advent of colour photography!

The picture from 1964 is courtesy of the Riley Park Archives.

The picture from 1977 is courtesy of Ester and Niels Nielsen, the parents of artist in residence Lisa g. Lisa g is wearing the red pants with her cousin Jan from Denmark!


Always wondering said...

This is one of my favorite parks and when my mother visited us from Denmark we always had to visit Queen Elizabeth Park and the Crab Sculpture by The Planetarium.
I understand that the park was original a quarry and privately owned. I wonder who's great idea it was to make it into a park and when did they start the project?
At what time did Vancouver City take it over?
Maybe somebody will be able to tell me.
Ester Nielsen

lisa g said...

Hi Mom!

Well, as it turns out, I can answer your questions from some research I have done.

Apparently The Little Mountain Quarry was happening in the early 1900's. In the early 1930's the BC Tulip Association suggested the quarry could become a cool sunken garden. Then, by the late 1930's the Vancouver Park Board took over, taking about 30 years to complete the park.
It opened in the early 1960's and the Bloedel Floral Conservatory opened in the late 1960's.

Thanks for asking. And thanks for taking me there when I was a kid!

lisa g said...

I also added a link to more info on the history of the Queen E Park...check it out!