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 the SUNSET STORY HERE (PDF – 5mb)
A 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.
Sunset Community Association President’s Message Summer is finally here and it’s time to enjoy the sunshine! The spring season has been very eventful. Many members of the community came out to participate in the Sunset garden community work-a-thon on Earth Day. We would love to see more members partake in enhancing this garden. On April […]
Sunset Community Association President’s Message As the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer, I’m thrilled to see more and more people taking advantage of our wonderful parks and recreational facilities. It’s heartening to see so many people getting active at the Sunset Community Centre and the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, and I […]
Congratulations! to Ria Jhanji & Rajneet Sandhu who have been selected this year to receive The Clayton Cameron Memorial Bursary for 2022 from Sunset Community Centre Association. This award 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 […]
Payal attended John Oliver School, she is currently enrolled at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and pursuing her career in Business.
We would like to thank Payal for her service and dedication to Sunset Community Centre. We would also like to wish her all the best in her future Studies!
Message from the Community Association The past year has been a difficult and challenging one for the Sunset Community Centre. The Covid-19 pandemic has cast a huge shadow not only on Canada and the world but on all of us as individuals. The destructive third wave of infections, however, has waned. Canada’s vaccination program is […]