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Park Name

Municipality

Comments

Dave Abel

Winnipeg

Named for community activist Dave Abel.

Alexander Ridge

RM of Thompson

Named for educator and conservationist D. J. Alexander

Alexandra

Winnipeg

See Johnston Park

Anderson

Winnipeg

Named for horticulturist Edwin A. Anderson

Archambault

Winnipeg

Named for community activists Geoff and Regan Archambault

Susan Auch

Winnipeg

Named for athlete Susan Auch

Leon Bell

Winnipeg

Named for musician and pharmacist Leon Bell

Benjaminson

Winnipeg

Named for early pioneer Skuli Benjaminson (1879-1970)

Benson

Winnipeg

At the southwestern corner of McMillan Avenue and Cockburn Street; named for long-time residents of the Fort Rouge neighbourhood, Edward Joseph “Ed” Benson and his wife, Marjorie Elizabeth Benson (c1907-1994)

Alex Bridge

Winnipeg

Named for Fort Garry municipal official and community activist Alexander James Dryton Bridge

Bruce

Winnipeg

Named for early resident Peter Bruce.

Gladys Bunn

Winnipeg

Named for music teacher Gladys A. Bunn

Carey

Winnipeg

Named for St. Vital municipal official and naturalist Harold Eric Carey.

Tom Chester

Winnipeg

Named for golf pro Thomas P. Chester

Chester Square

Winnipeg

Named for the Chester family who ran a general store at the corner of Elmhurst Street and Roblin Boulevard, along with the Varsity View post office

Chochinov

Winnipeg

Named for dairy farmers Jacob Lazer “Yankel” Chochinov (1885-1979) and his wife, Tauba “Fanny” Mazarsky (c1889-?).

Sir Winston Churchill

Winnipeg

Named for British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965).

Inderjit Claire

Winnipeg

Named for educator and community activist Inderjit Singh Claire

Clark

Winnipeg

Named for physician Charles Whitfield Clark

Thomas F. Copeland

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official Thomas F. Copeland.

Andrew Currie

Winnipeg

Named for educator, athlete, and civil servant Andrew “Andy” Currie.

Roy Davis

Winnipeg

Named for community activist Roy Davis

De Graaf

Winnipeg

Commemorates the De Graaf [De Graff] family which homesteaded and farmed in what is now the Harbourview South neighbourhood.

John De Graff

Winnipeg

Named for market gardener and North Kildonan municipal councillor John De Graff.

John Dickson

Winnipeg

Named for North Kildonan Mayor John Dickson

Dufferin

Winnipeg

Named for Lord Dufferin, Governor-General of Canada from 1872 to 1878, who visited Winnipeg with his wife in 1877.

Ron Duhamel

Winnipeg

Named for politician Ronald J. Duhamel.

Jae Eadie

Winnipeg

Named for municipal councilor Jae Eadie.

King Edward

Winnipeg

Named for the British monarch King Edward VII (1841-1910).

Dean Finlay

Winnipeg

Named for educator John Dean Finlay, it was dedicated and opened officially on 17 October 1997. Dignitaries attending the ceremony included Mayor Susan Thompson, Councillor Al Golden, and St. Vital MLA Shirley Render. The park is adjacent to the Community Centre that Finlay helped to found, and Windsor School where he taught. [1]

El Tassi

Winnipeg

Named in 2015 for businessman Abdo “Albert” El Tassi and his wife Samira.

Elva Fletcher

Winnipeg

Named for community activist Elva Fletcher

Enderton

Winnipeg

Named for realtor Charles Henry Enderton

Sir John Franklin

Winnipeg

Named for explorer Sir John Franklin

Frog Plain

Winnipeg

 

Don Gerrie

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official Donald Ira “Don” Gerrie

Elzear Goulet

Winnipeg

Named for Metis leader Elzéar Goulet

Louis Greenburgh

Winnipeg

Named for Louis Greenburgh, a probation officer and one of Canada’s more decorated Second World War pilots.

Merle Guberman

Winnipeg

Named for community activist Merle Guberman

Hethrington

Winnipeg

See Will and Jeanine Richard

Heubach

Winnipeg

Named for real estate developer Frederick William Heubach

Gary Hobson

Winnipeg

Named for the Fort Garry municipal official and community activist Gary Ross Hobson

T. R. Hodgson

Winnipeg

Named for civil servant Thomas Rupert Hodgson

Hap Hopkinson

Winnipeg

Named for community activist Harry “Hap” Hopkinson.

Ronald Houston

Winnipeg

Named for Winnipeg Police Department Detective Ronald Edward “Sam” Houston.

Michael Hrushovetz

Winnipeg

Named for North Kildonan market gardener Michael Hrushovetz.

Clara Hughes

Winnipeg

Named for Olympian Clara Hughes

Hyland

East St. Paul

Named for Winnipeg entrepreneur John Leonard Hyland

Victoria Jason

Winnipeg

Named for Arctic kayak adventurer Victoria Jason

Michaelle Jean

Winnipeg

Named for Michaelle Jean, the 27th Governor-General of Canada

Johnston

Winnipeg

Named for Arthur Eaton Johnston.

David Johnston

Winnipeg

Named for school board trustee David Johnston

J. Frank Johnston

Winnipeg

Named for St. James Alderman, Deputy Mayor of Winnipeg, and MLA John Franklin “Frank” Johnston.

Ted Jones

Winnipeg

Named for Lord Roberts Community Centre Sports Director, Edward Owen “Ted” Jones (c1925-1964).

Stephen Juba

Winnipeg

Named for municipal politician Stephen Juba

Jurkowski

Winnipeg

Formerly known as Melrose Park, this park was renamed on 17 April 1993 to commemorate the volunteerism and community service of Polish immigrants Joseph Jurkowski (c1892-1962), Kazimira Jurkowski (1898-1977), and their family.

Dr. Morley R. Kare

Winnipeg

Named for nutritional research Morley Richard Kare

Kirkbridge

Winnipeg

 

Kiwanis Happyland

Winnipeg

 

Stanley Knowles

Winnipeg

Named for long-serving parliamentarian Stanley Howard Knowles

Gerry Kuik

Winnipeg

Named for Transcona businessmen and community activist Gerry Kuik

Lake Shirley

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official Shirley Timm-Rudolph

Jules Mager

Winnipeg

Named for market gardener and municipal official Jules Henry Mager

Joe Malone

Winnipeg

Formerly known as Kenaston Park, in 1982 it was renamed in commemoration of Joe Malone, who coached hockey and soccer at the Sir John Franklin Community Club. [4]

Helene Marsh

Winnipeg

Named for community activist Helene Beghin Marsh

Martin

Winnipeg

Named for Lieutenant-Colonel G. J. Martin who was killed on a military training accident on 9 June 1969

McBeth

Winnipeg

Named for pioneer Alexander McBeth

Billy McCann

Winnipeg

Named for airman William Alexander “Billy” McCann (1921-1942)

Nellie McClung

Winnipeg

Named for feminist and politician Nellie Letitia McClung

McFadyen

Winnipeg

Named for building contractor Charles Holmes McFadyen

McGeachan

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official John McKenzie “Jock” McGeachan

McKittrick

Winnipeg

Named for real estate developer Martin T. McKittrick

Art McOuat

Winnipeg

Named for community activist and municipal official Martin Arthur “Art” McOuat

Glenn McWhinney

Winnipeg

Named for athlete and community activist Glenn “Keeper” McWhinney

Midwinter

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official Charles Midwinter

Milne

Dunnottar

Named for community activist William George Milne

Morantz

Winnipeg

Named for the Morantz family

Morrissette

Winnipeg

Named for the Morrissette family of Charleswood

Munson

Winnipeg

Named for lawyer John Henry Munson

Norquay

Winnipeg

Named for early Manitoba Premier John Norquay

Ernie O’Dowda

Winnipeg

Named for sports activist Ernie O’Dowda

Jill Officer

Winnipeg

This River East arena/splashpad was renamed for athlete Jill Officer, a former resident of the neighbourhood who was a member of the 2014 Canadian Olympic Championship Women’s Curling Team at Sochi, Russia. The park renaming was announced at a ceremony on 14 June 2014. [2]

George Olive

Winnipeg

Named for MLA and Transcona Mayor George Edward Olive

Harry Paul

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official H. S. Paul, later renamed Florence Pierce Park

Paulicello

Winnipeg

Named for the Paulicello family of Transcona for their contributions to the community

Oscar Paulson

Winnipeg

Named for building contractor Oscar Paulson

Jacob Penner

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official Jacob Penner

Pat Phillips

Winnipeg

Named for community activist Pat Thomas Phillips

Florence Pierce

Winnipeg

Named for teacher and municipal official Florence Pierce

Helen Promislow

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official Helen Promislow

William Reid

Winnipeg

Named for horticulturist William D. Reid.

Will and Jeanine Richard

Winnipeg

Named for architect Willis Herman “Will” Richard (1943-2014) and his wife Jeanine Lively (1943-2010)

Dr. Jose Rizal

Winnipeg

Named for Filipino icon Dr. Jose P. Rizal (1861-1896)

Duff Roblin

Winnipeg

Named for politican Dufferin Roblin

Hal Rogers

Winnipeg

Named for Canadian Kinsman founder Harold Allin Rogers (1899-1994)

Roosevelt

Winnipeg

Named for the 32nd American President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), the park was established in November 1942 with amenities added the following year. [3]

Scurfield

Winnipeg

Named for real estate developer Ralph Thomas Scurfield and educator Jack Milburn Scurfield

Dr. Jim Shaver

Winnipeg

Named for cleric James M. “Jim” Shaver

Shevchenko

Winnipeg

Named for Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko

Edward Shindleman

Winnipeg

Named for community activist Edward “Eddie” Shindleman (1920-1998)

Dr. Louis Slotin

Winnipeg

Named for atomic scientist Louis Slotin

John Steel

Winnipeg

Named for municipal official John Donald Steel

Toilers

Winnipeg

Named for the Winnipeg Toilers Basketball Club

Tokarz

Winnipeg

Born at Poland in 1882, Jan “John” Tokarz immigrated to Canada in 1903 and settled in the Municipality of Kildonan. In 1907, he married Polish immigrant Katarzyna “Katherine” (?-1966) at Winnipeg and they had seven children. The family operated a dairy farm on Lot 20 of Old Kildonan from 1930 to 1966.

Transcona Kinsmen

Winnipeg

Named for the former Kinsmen Club of Transcona

Victor Valde

Winnipeg

Named for airman Victor Lewis Valde (1929-1944)

Amber Vasas

Winnipeg

Named for accident victim Amber Vasas.

Beryl Watts

Winnipeg

Named for community activist Eunice Beryl Routley Watts

Frank Whyte

Winnipeg

 

William Whyte

Winnipeg

Named for railwayman William Methven Whyte

Sources:

1. “A park to call his own,” Winnipeg Free Press South Community Review, 22 October 1997, page 1.

2. “Jill Officer getting a park named after her in North Kildonan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 April 2014.

3. “New park and playground take names of Churchill, Roosevelt,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 November 1942, page 13. “Playground attendance 195,675 boys and girls,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1943, page 5.

4. “Park to be dedicated,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 June 1982, page 69.

We thank Jill Paskewitz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 13 November 2016

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