Collection c00019 - Public Works Photograph collection

Amherst Park Bruce Park Cenotaph Bruce Park Cenotaph Bourkevale Park Assiniboine Hotel Bruce Park wading pool shelter Bruce Park wading pool shelter Tractor at Harris Boulevard and Portage Avenue Wooded area at Harris Boulevard and Portage Avenue A St. James Parks Board truck parked on Harris Boulevard and Portage Avenue Untamed grass and trees at Harris Boulevard and Portage Avenue A St. James Parks Board truck on the corner of Madeville Street and Ness Avenue Cutting the grass on the Boulevard at Portage Avenue and Mount Royal Road Mandeville Park Bruce Park Bruce Park flower garden Bruce Park Cenotaph Bruce Park flower garden Bruce Park wading pool Bruce Park bridge and playrgound
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Public Works Photograph collection

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65 cm of textual records
ca. 2000 photographs

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Winnipeg’s parks, boulevards, golf courses, swimming pools, were originally created and maintained by the Public Parks Board when it was established by the City in 1893. The Public Parks Board acquired and maintained land for public green spaces, and city beautification. The Public Parks Board was responsible for planting trees, maintaining streets, recreational activities, the zoo, and cemeteries. Each municipality surrounding Winnipeg had their own Parks Board, and after the municipalities amalgamated in the 1970s, the Winnipeg Parks and Recreation Department was created. In the late 1990s, the Parks and Recreation Department became the Winnipeg Public Works Department. Today, the Public Works Department is responsible for the planning, development, and maintenance of the City of Winnipeg streets, sidewalks, traffic control, and almost 3,600 hectares of parks and open space, including 300,000 trees, 1,333 parks, 485 playgrounds, and 604 athletic fields.

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These records were transferred to the City of Winnipeg Archives from the Public Works Department in 2021.

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Consists of analogue and digital records donated by the City of Winnipeg’s Public Works Department with ca. 2000 photographs including slides, negatives, and polaroids. Many photos capture public parks, boulevards, streets, and playgrounds created for the daily functions of the department including presentations, research, and documentation. Photo albums created by municipal parks boards such as the St. James Parks Board before Winnipeg amalgamation were collected by Public Works and depict the parks created and maintained by the St. James Parks Board. Other historical photos and prints of public parks, and recreational activities were collected for research and display purposes.

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Physical condition ranges from poor to excellent, largely based on the age of the record.

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