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SUNSET HISTORY

In 1945, the people of Sunset had a vision to build a new community centre. They started by forming a Community Association with the task of creating a new recreation facility in South Vancouver. How could the association raise another $100,000.00 when it took two years to raise $25,000.00? The community needed to do something big.

Stan Thomas, President of the Sunset Association in 1947, was sent to Hollywood California to convince Bing Crosby to stage his radio show in Vancouver as a benefit for the construction of Sunset Community Centre.

Bing Crosby was the most famous celebrity of his time selling #1 records, starring in popular Hollywood movies and he had the most listened to radio program in North America.

Imagine Stan Thomas stepping into his car one rainy October morning to ask this internation superstar to come to Vancouver for a benefit fundraiser.

What do you think Bing’s response was? Yes!

On September 21, 1948 the Bing Crosby Radio Show came to Vancouver and over $26,000.00 was raised in one performance. Following the program, the City of Vancouver contributed the remaining amount and Sunset Community Centre was built.

The people of Sunset are a people with a vision. They take risks and they acheive their goals.

Today, Sunset Community Centre is over 50 years old and and has just been replaced in 2007, with a new structure 2 blocks east on the Park Board’s Nursery lands along Main Street between 51st and 53rd Avenues.

Download publication on the history of Sunset Community Centre

 On November 15th, 2004 the Park Board approved the proposal for construction of our new community centre. The Federal and Provincial Government have made funding commitments of $2 million each and the balance of funds will come from the Municipal Government.

The new 30,000 square foot facility will be built on Main Street. Bing Thom Architects presented the design for the new Sunset Community Centre which will be built to LEED standards to ensure energy efficiency. The design features an expanded gymnasium, fitness centre, assembly room and other program spaces.

For the latest Press Release from the Vancouver Park Board click here.


Initial planning of the NEW Sunset Community Garden has begun!

We would love to hear about what YOU would like to see in YOUR community space. Do you have ideas, tools or skills you would like to share? We will be meeting on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at noon under the shelter near the Community Garden space. All are welcome! Please contact Sunset Community Association
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Sunset Community Association General Meeting-Oct 18

Sunset Community Association General Meeting Thursday October 18th 7-8pm at Sunset Community Centre 6510 Main Street Vancouver The new Societies Act passed by the Provincial legislature requires that we update and amend our Societies Act Constitution and Bylaws. Members will be asked to consider and approve these revisions. All members welcome. Shares Facebook Twitter Like
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Fall 2018 President’s Message

  Dear Respectful Vancouver South/Sunset Community, What a successful Canada Day Celebration on July 1st. The event was packed with diverse performances and fun filled activities. Thank you to Parks Board staff, volunteers, sponsors, Sunset Community Association (SCA) Board Members and to our great Sunset Community for all your support and participation. Thank you all
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President’s Message, Summer 2018

President’s Message, Summer 2018 To the respected Vancouver Sunset Community, I hope you all are enjoying your summer. With the conclusion of this year’s Sunset Community Association (SCA) AGM held on April 19th 2018, I would like to with great pleasure welcome the following elected board members to the 2018/19 SCA Board: Ailin Flann, Mike
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Canada Day Community Celebration Sponsorship Opportunity

The Sunset Canada Day Committee is seeking community sponsors and support for our 2018 event. All sponsors are recognized in our season program guide, website, social media and promotional material for 6-9 months, and also at the Canada Day event and on the main stage. For more information on how to get involved, please email
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