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The documents on this page show the Playgrounds organizers' recording of attendance data. The way the information was collected and presented varies significantly between the years -- yet we can still compare the numbers as shown from 1914, 1964, and 1997. The number of operating sites increases dramatically, yet the number of children per site decreases, leading to a relatively stable total playground attendance.

It should also be noted that for each year, the numbers are presented in a way that shows the Playgrounds Program in the best light possible, having very high attendance, rather than in the way that would be most accurate.

 

FW Board of Parks Management Minutes-4

[Letterhead:] Playground Commission, Fort William

July 27th, 1914

Supervisor's Report to Playground Commission.

Mr. Chairman and members of Commission:

The Playgrounds were opened on June 29th., as requested by this Commission and have been in operation every day except Sundays from 2 P.M. till 9 P.M. The attendance on the whole has been very good. The Central, Ogden and Franklin Grounds have the largest attendance. The following is a summary of the attendance for the past four weeks: (5 days)

  1st wk.  2nd wk.  3rd wk.  4th wk. 
Central  2117  2503  3000  2661 
Ogden  1186  1795  2154  2074 
Franklin  1452  1685  1879  1972 
St. Martins  979  1225  990  1017 
Collegiate  836  789  963  863 

 

 

 

 

 

Average attendance per day on each ground. 

  1st wk.  2nd wk.  3rd wk.  4th wk. 
Central  423  417  512  447 
Ogden  237  236  359  345 
Franklin  289  280  313  330 
St. Martins  196  205  165  170 
Collegiate  167  132  189  144 

 

 

 

 

 

The following is a comparison with several cities in Canada and the United States taken from the "Playground" magazine year book which will give some idea of the relation between Fort William and these other cities in regard to attendance.  


Title: Supervisor's Report to Playground Commission
Date: July 27, 1914
Creator: [Playgrounds Supervisor]
Series: 5, Fort William Board of Parks Management Minutes
Location: TBA 5572


 

Attendance Summary 1964-1

Playground Attendance Summary

Date: July 2, 1964

 

Park  East End Minnesota Dease Vickers Tarbutt Heath Green Acres Tot Lot Wayland Chapples Totals 
Morning  40  150  106  154  138  36    120  60  10  814 
Afternoon 125  200  195  273  215  20    150  57.5  25  1160.5 
Evening  37.5  100  95  133.5  79  34  48    78  15  617 
Totals  202.5 450  396  560.5  432  90  48  270  193.5  50  2591.5 

 

Playground Attendance Summary

Date: July 3, 1964 

 

Park  East End Minnesota Dease Vickers Tarbutt Heath Green Acres Tot Lot Wayland Chapples Totals 
Morning  80 88 112 136 124 40 80  120 81 20 881
Afternoon 187.5 225 332 265 234.5 31 125  150 117.5 40 1707.5 
Evening  67.5 115 100 138  62 38 75   96 20 711.5
Totals  335 428 544 539  420.5 109 280 270 294.5  80 3300 


 

Attendance Summary 1964-2

Playground Attendance Summary
Date: August 5

Park  East End Minnesota Dease Vickers Tarbutt Heath Green Acres Tot Lot Wayland Chapples Totals 
Morning  50 70 42 28.5 16 53 20 62 36 12 389
Afternoon 90 152.5 75 78 87.5 58 50 45 75 13 723
Evening  64 105 48 59 43.5 54 15   34.5 9 432
Totals  204 327.5 165 165.5 145 165 85 107 145.5  34 1544

 

Playground Attendance Summary
Date: August 6

 

Park  East End Minnesota Dease Vickers Tarbutt Heath Green Acres Tot Lot Wayland Chapples Totals 
Morning  60 68 48 25.5 28 27 20 36 20 10 342.5
Afternoon 60 100 45 65 122.5 67 60 52.5 70 20 662
Evening  80 37.5 60 30 72 46 51   49.5 23 449
Totals  200 205.5 153 120.5 222.5 142 131 88.5 139.5  53 1455.5

 


Title: Playground Attendance Summary
Date: July-August 1964
Creator: Fort William Parks and Recreation
Series: 121, Fort William Parks & Recreation Files
Location: TBA 4802-10


 

Playgrounds Director's Report 1997

Playground Site Statistics 1997

 

Parks  Days of Operation Per Week  Average # of Children Per Hour  Average # of Visits Per Day  Total # of Visits (7 weeks) Compared to 1996 
Castlegreen  2.43  11.8  82.6  1405.0 -702.5 
County Park  2.0 7.5  52.5  735.0  -715.4 
North End  2.43  19.3  19.3  2298.1  +166.7 
John Kusznier  2.0  7.3  51.1  715.4  -274.4 
Windsor  2.43  12.6  88.2  1500.3  -35.7 
Blucher  2.0  9.2  65.1  911.4  -117.6 
Cherry Ridge  2.43  13.3  93.1  1583.6  +381.0 
River Terrace  2.0  11.3  79.1  1107.4  +88.2 
North McIntyre  2.43  12.0  84.0  1428.8  +59.5 
John Jumbo  2.0  11.0  77.0  1078.0  +186.2 
John Street  2.43  6.9  48.3  821.6  -190.5 
Academy  2.0  8.3  58.1  813.4  -9.8 
Vickers  2.43  14.6 102.2  1734.8  +392.9 
Wilson  2.0  7,7  53.9  754.6  +39.2 
West Thunder  2.43  12.2  85.4  1452.7  -452.4 
Tarbutt  2.0  12.8  89.6  1254.4  -450.8 
South Neebing  2.43  15.3  107.1  1821.8  +23.8 
North Neebing  2.0  15.6  109.2  1528.8  N/A 
Wayland  2.43  13.9  97.3  1655.1  N/A 
Edgewater  2.0  8.1  56.7  793.8  -186.2 
Volunteer Pool  4.43  37.5  262.5  8140.1  +282.2 
Vale  4.43  19.2  134.4  4167.7  -564.4 
Current River  4.43  9.8  68.6  2127.3  -1454.4 
Oliver Road  4.43  28.2  197.4  6121.4  +1997.1 
Ogden  4.43  17.6  123.2  3820.4  N/A 

 

Total: 49974.5


Title: Playgrounds Site Statistics 1997
Date: 1997
Creator: Thunder Bay Parks and Recreation
Series: CS299, Parks and Recreation files
Location: 26-3-1-5