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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.


Food Bank Pickup

This is a free food program in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Distributions typically include fresh produce, dried goods, and household goods. Saturdays September to December 9:15am-1:00pm (4 time slots) Registration begins 7 days before the pickup. Phone: 604-718-6505 Registrants are encouraged to be a part of the Leisure Access Program prior to
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The Clayton Cameron Memorial Bursary

The Clayton Cameron Memorial Bursary is given to a graduating grade 12 student who has demonstrated strong leadership and volunteering in the area of children/youth at Sunset Community Centre Clayton Cameron was a coordinator at Sunset Community Centre. He, with members of the Sunset Community, was instrumental in re-establishing the non-profit Sunset Community Association in
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SCA Fall 2021 Message

Message from the Sunset Community Association (SCA) The SCA held its AGM on May 20, 2021, and we would like to congratulate Dr. Kala Singh, Manveet Lail, Doug Newstead, and Maninder Gill for their reappointment as Board Directors. Also, we would like to welcome Phil Daum back to the SCA Board. This summer, as BC
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Fall Recreation Guide Now Online

Sunset Community Centre is proud to offer South Vancouver some incredible programs to try. Discover all the fun you could be having by checking out our online brochure  or clicking to browse all our programs online.

Punjabi Market

The Punjabi Market in partnership with the City of Vancouver have added several picnic benches under the Marigolds. Be sure to explore the Community Centre as well the Market. Cool off  on a benches under the trees in the shade. While you are exploring the market keep an eye out for some new Murals being
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