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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Blossom Park / Andrew Currie Park / Assiniboine Cycle Path Monument (1420 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg)

This Winnipeg park originally commemorated Los Angeles resident Miss Blossom D. Parke (c1924-?). Born in Utah, daughter of Dale H. Park (c1888-?) and May T. Parke (c1888-?), her family moved to Los Angeles prior to 1930. The family visited Winnipeg in the summer of 1941. Blossom and her father attended a Winnipeg Parks Board Golf Tournament prior to departing on 11 July 1941. Five days later, the Winnipeg Parks Board named the site Blossom Park in commemoration of good Canadian-American relations.

On 4 July 1997, it was renamed Andrew Currie Park, posthumously for Andrew “Andy” Currie. The Assiniboine cycle path was dedicated to the citizens of Winnipeg as a community involvement program during the City of Winnipeg’s centennial year, 1974.

Andrew Currie Park

Andrew Currie Park (October 2014)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Assiniboine Cycle Path Monument (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.87658, W97.19629
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Andrew “Andy” Currie (1911-1990)

Sources:

1930 US Census, Family Search.

“Utahns in Los Angeles,” Salt Lake Tribune, 14 June 1931, page 38.

“Blossom Parke is gone, but Blossom Park stays here,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 July 1941, page 11.

“Parks Board riled by drivers crossing costly boulevards,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 1941, page 13.

“Runners' group seeks drinking fountain on Wellington,” Winnipeg Free Press Community Review West, 2 July 1997, page 3.

“Three cheers for Currie Park,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 July 1997, page A11.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 July 2015

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