Fonds RG 22 Parks section fonds - City of Red Deer Parks section fonds

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City of Red Deer Parks section fonds

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  • Multiple media

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Parks department fonds

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RED RG 22 Parks section fonds

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11.756 m of textual records
3827 photographs : col., b&w ; prints, negatives, slides, Polaroids
82 technical drawings
37 maps
18 plans
14 architectural drawings
5 optical discs : CD-ROM, CD-R
4 computer disks : 3" floppy
3 video cassettes : VHS

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(1904 -)

Administrative history

The Parks section functions started in April 1904, when the Town of Red Deer passed a comprehensive Committees By-law (By-Law 57) assigning the responsibility for Parks to the Property Committee and the Public Works Committee, later the Public Works department.

In 1909, the Town of Red Deer acquired its first significant parkland, Gaetz Park, along the Red Deer River near the mouth of Waskasoo Creek. A town gardener and cemetery superintendent was hired in 1911. The position was renamed to Parks Foreman in 1913. This position reported to the Mayor and Commissioner. It is noteworthy that for several years the Parks Foreman / Superintendent was the same person as the Public Works Superintendent.

In 1949, both Parks and Public Works moved under the City Engineer. In 1964, a new Parks Board was created under Bylaw 2179 to "exercise such powers in the control, supervision and management of any park, street, boulevard, playground and cemetery as the Council may determine." In 1985, there was a new bylaw to change the Recreation Board to the Recreation and Parks Board (By-Law 2872/85). However, Recreation and Parks continued to be separate departments.

In 1989, the Community Services Directorate was created and Parks moved directly under that Directorate. In 1995 a new Recreation, Parks, and Culture department (RPC) was created under the Community Services Division, with the Parks section reporting to the RPC department.

Custodial history

Records were transferred in 51 accessions between 1992 and 2022 per the City's records scheduling, retention and disposition schedule. Records were created as per daily business and operation function of the City of Red Deer's Parks section.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of the administrative and operational records created, accumulated, and used by the Parks section at the City of Red Deer between 1950 and 2014.

The types of records included are correspondence, minutes and agendas, memoranda, reports, plans, maps, drawings, computer disks and optical discs, and video cassettes. The topics covered by the records include budgets, Alto Reste cemetery operations and maintenance, tree planting, landscape maintenance, Lion's Campground, Waskasoo Park, City Hall Park, Rotary Recreation Park, Discovery Canyon, Riverside Athletic Park, policies and procedures, Communities in Bloom, Red Deer River flooding, Bower Ponds construction, picnic shelter, Heritage Square, Central Alberta Regional Trails Initiative Report (CARTS Report), Cross Country Ski Club, Red Deer BMX Club, Festival of Trees, Carnaval de Red Deer, CBC's Hockey Day in Canada, fish stocking, homeless camp reports, sports field inventories, mosquito control, war grave maintenance, garden plots, and Red Deer River Corridor Integrated Management plan.

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.

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Original order maintained

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  • English

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Some records subject to restrictions.

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Copyright generally assigned to the City of Red Deer.

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File list available

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Further accruals are expected.

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Red Deer and District Archives

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  • English

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