By Gord Smarsh
In 1986, we moved into the Capilano neighbourhood. This community was founded in 1960 and many of the original owners were still living in their homes.
The first time I met Al Park, he told me that unless we recruited more people to volunteer, the Capilano Community League would have to fold. The community was exactly what we wanted, with established schools, great parks and ice rinks. It was a place where families grow together. The Community League had some funds, but not enough workers. Al heard that that a new Bingo hall was going to open in Allendale. He and Bob Breakenridge (Bingo Bob) went to the first meeting and reported back that we should get in on the ground floor. Al was a shrewd business man who made good investments with the Community League’s money.