Riverside Park - Kamloops, BC
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N 50° 40.745 W 120° 20.311
10U E 688027 N 5617517
Riverside Park in Kamloops was begun in 1905, on the former site of a lumber mill and a pig farm. Since its inception it has been the major park in the city, with the greatest number of amenities. It is far and away the most used park in the city.
Waymark Code: WMMBG7
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 08/26/2014
Views: 6

Riverside Park

Lorne Street and 1st to 3rd Avenues - 1905

What is today one of the jewels of the City of Kamloops parks system started out as a noisy lumber mill and smelly pig farm.

In 1901, the Shuswap Lumber mill burned and the City of Kamloops took advantage of the opportunity to begin purchasing the land for a City Park. For some years, the riverbank and secluded parts of the land had been used unofficially for swimming and picnicking. Once the City acquired the land, the development of the site as Riverside Park immediately began.

The initial plans for the park were extravagant. Solariums, fountains, a zoo, exotic plants. extensive flower beds, gazebo, lights, trees, public buildings, and a picnic and beach area were all planned. Many of the elements actually were introduced into the park. Trees were planted, flower beds laid out, a fountain and lights installed, band shell built, and the picnic and beach area developed. For many years, the baseball diamond and playing field were located in the west end of the park. A new band shell was installed in 1980. Riverside Park has been extended both east and west, with new paths, lights, benches, flower baskets, and hundreds of trees added. It is the heart of the community and the site of many informal gatherings, festive events and outdoor entertainments for all.
From the plaque at the site
Type of Marker: Cultural

Type of Sign: Historic Site or Building Marker

Describe the parking that is available nearby: parking lots and street parking

What Agency placed the marker?: City of Kamloops

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