VIEW-11353 | Playground, Longueuil College, QC, 1911

Playground, Longueuil College, QC, 1911
Wm. Notman & Son
1911, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Landscape (2230) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

The development of public playgrounds and sports facilities

The early 20th century reform movements that aimed to improve living conditions and create green spaces as well as promote play as an educational encouraged in turn an opening up of the world of leisure. This, however, could only be made possible by providing more places where people of all ages could play. Responding to pressure from reformers, but also out of a desire to beautify their cities, municipalities across the country began building public parks and playgrounds, in particular in the period from 1900 to 1920. Many of the parks and playgrounds that we still enjoy date from that time.

  • What

    This large playground is not all that typical; most city playgrounds were much smaller.

  • Where

    Large playgrounds such as this one in Longueuil, a suburb of Montreal, were usually built in small cities, where big tracts of land were still available.

  • When

    Playgrounds had more to offer during the summer than in winter when the equipment was put away until the return of good weather.

  • Who

    In early playgrounds, separate spaces and facilities were provided for boys and for girls.