Places That Matter Plaque Presentation at Choklit Park

Places That Matter is a plaque project celebrating the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the city. The Vancouver Heritage Foundation asked for the public’s help to identify and mark 125 sites commemorating people, places and events that have shaped the city and that matter to Vancouverites.

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation will present a Places That Matter Plaque to Choklit Park on Monday, July 16th at Choklit Park (West 7th Ave and Spruce) at 9:30am with Charles and Karen Flavelle of Purdy’s Chocolates.

Plaque text:
Charles Flavelle of Purdy’s Chocolates created Choklit Park in 1970 on the unused Spruce Street right-of-way at 7th Avenue, using a crew of six hired on “Opportunities for Youth” grant. The chocolate factory at 1107 W.7th needed an improved truckloading facility and the children in the neighbourhood needed
an adventure playground. The crew used the right-of-way and all the available space around the factory for the children’s park. Purdy’s made chocolates here from 1949 until 1982.

OTHER UPCOMING PLACES THAT MATTER PLAQUE PRESENTATIONS:
Vancouver Folk Festival
Friday, July 13th at Jericho Beach Park. Presentation will take place during the evening concert between 5-7pm. Paid festival attendees only.

The Lee Building
Sunday, July 15th at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street. Presentation will take place at 11.30am during their 100 year celebration event. All are welcome to attend from 11am-3pm.

For further information on plaque presentations taking place in 2012, and the Places That Matter Plaque Project, visit www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org or call Jessica Quan, Special Project Coordinator at 604-264-9642.

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