Community Builder: Alistair “Al” Park (1938 – 2014)

By Gord Smarsh

Capilano Community playground – memorial bench for Al Park (1938-2014)

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.

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Following the 25th anniversary of Capilano Community League, new members and executive were solicited.Bob Breakenridge and Al Park had been keeping the league alive for the past couple of years and needed new energy.At the annual general meeting, Gord Smarsh and Gregg Meropoulis were elected president and vice-president, respectively.Bob and Al continued as active members of the Capilano executive.At the time, the league had a half bingo slot with KC Bingo in downtown Edmonton. Bingo was one of the main sources of revenue for the league.

In 1984, Gord Smarsh became the past president.Gregg Meropoulis took over as president, a position he would hold for 20 years.Casino revenue was now part of the league’s financial equation which, along with bingo and grant revenue, provided the foundation for many capital projects.

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League Founded: 1958

First President: John Wheeler

The riverside community league of Capilano was formed in 1958.The league’s property at 10810-54th Street is adjacent to the Capilano Elementary School.  The school works hand in hand with the league on projects of common benefit, such as a unique community playground.

From its inception, Capilano offered residents a varied program of activities.Courses in handicrafts, creative dancing and physical fitness were arranged for all ages; annual picnics and ball tournaments were staged at the elementary school.The first annual winter carnival was held in 1960, presided over by Queen Terrylu Gerlitz.A teen club, headed up by President Michael Day, held dances and other socials starting in 1961.In the same year, the Ladies Auxiliary organized teas, fashion shows and a weekly bowling club.

Building for the future has long been a priority at Capilano Community League.The first clubhouse and rink were erected by volunteer labour in 1959.Two years later a two-storey addition was in place, allowing for a craft area and further dressing rooms.

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