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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.


SUNSET COMMUNITY CENTRE CLOSED

Centres in Vancouver are currently closed to help curb the potential spread of COVID-19. Please visit Vancouver.ca for up to date information.

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Spring 2020 SCA Message to Community

Respected Sunset Community, As I write this message, I am looking out to a sunny and bright day in our beautiful Sunset neighbourhood. Let’s hope that Spring showers us with those beautiful colours of greenery and cherry blossoms that surround the Sunset Community Centre. I would like to take a moment to wish our Recreation
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Canada Day Community Celebration Sponsorship Opportunity

The Sunset Canada Day Committee is seeking community sponsors and support for our 2020 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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Sunset Community Garden is now accepting new applicants for the 2020 season! We have shared garden plots with monthly meetings and work parties. The next meeting is on Sunday, 23 February 2020 at 12:30 pm. In the covered area in Sunset Park.

Shared Garden Plots Available

Sunset Community Garden is now accepting new applicants for the 2020 season! We have shared garden plots with monthly meetings and work parties. The next meeting is on Sunday March 29, 2020 at 12:30 pm. In the covered area in Sunset Park. For more information email the Garden Committee at sunsetcommgarden@gmail.com

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Sunset Community Association ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm The Hall, Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street, Vancouver All members are encouraged to attend. -Agenda will include one By-Law change (to the Association’s fiscal year) -Election of Directors If you are interested in having your name stand as a Director, please contact Bhalwinder Waraich at: bwaraich@triumf.ca Applications need to be submitted by Monday, March 16, 2020.

SCA – Annual General Meeting-Apr 16

All Members Are encouraged to attend

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