Sunday, March 1, 2020

Fisher Park turns 100 years old in 2020!

Fisher Park is the hub of Kitchissippi, and in 2020 the park turns 100 years old! I dug through old records and newspapers to piece together the story of how the park came together - why a park was needed, who helped lead the charge to create it, where it almost ended up, and how it developed over the last 100 years. I love this article, and I love Fisher Park, it's been a part of my life for my whole life, as I'm sure it has for just about everyone.

Check out the article at the Kitchissippi Times:

Here are some bonus photos that did not make the online or print edition:

1928 aerial photo showing the old GRT rail line at left (now
the Queensway), Harmer as an unpaved road at top going
left to right, and Holland the wide finished road at the bottom.
The square in Fisher Park is the old bowling green.

May 5 1933 aerial photo of Fisher Park, with cleaner detail

Fisher Park High School, May 1954
(City of Ottawa Archives CA-4342)

Fisher Park High junior football team November 1955
(City of Ottawa Archives CA-35167)

Fisher Park Winter Carnival February 1956
(City of Ottawa Archives CA-36701)

Fisher Park during Queensway construction in 1961
(City of Ottawa Archives CA-8455)

Ottawa Journal April 22 1967