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.

A typed letter from the Playground Comission

[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


A typed document detailig a graph recording the number of playground visits

Playground Attendance Summary

Date: July 2, 1964

Playground Attendance Summary

Date: July 3, 1964 


A chart detailing the Playgrounds Site Statistics

Playground Attendance Summary
Date: August 5

Playground Attendance Summary
Date: August 6


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


A chart of statistics detialing attendance numbers

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 

 


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

Contact Us