Victoria Park

In Regina 's early days there were few parks. In fact, there were few trees! Trees were a luxury on the prairies, especially in a town with an inadequate water supply. The town founders set aside a chunk of land right in the centre of town and named it Victoria Square . It was supposed to serve as a green space, part of an effort to make Regina a more attractive destination for settlers. However, the town twice offered this precious plot of land to developers (both offers were rejected), and no landscaping efforts were made there until the start of the twentieth century.

A much more attractive park at the time was the CPR Gardens , commonly referred to as Stanley Park . This plot of land boasted trees, shrubs and flowers. The little park beautified the land right next to the CPR's main depot in Regina , Union Station. (Today, this site is now the parking lot of Casino Regina.)

In 1907, the City of Regina hired landscape architect Frederick Todd to design a plan for Victoria Square , afterwards, known as Victoria Park. Todd was also the designer of the formal garden at the provincial Legislative Buildings. His sketch envisioned a spoke-like series of paths all leading to a central focal point. That focal point was, at first, Davin Fountain (dedicated to the founder of the Regina Leader-Post and local MP, Nicholas Flood Davin). In 1926, Davin Fountain was removed and the current Cenotaph took its place. Today the park contains a small playground, numerous benches, beautiful foliage and lush gardens. Each summer it plays host to a number of functions, including the Regina Folk Festival. Regina residents can often be found enjoying bright summer days in the downtown oasis that is Victoria Park.

  Title: Victoria Park taken from Smith Street
Date: ca. 1900
Retrieval Number: CORA-RPL-A-280
  Title: Church Service in Victoria Park
Date:
1905
Retrieval Number:
CORA-RPL-A-356
  Title: Victoria Park with people gathered in front of the bandshell
Date:
ca. 1905
Retrieval Number:
CORA-RPL-A-432
  Title: The Regina Citizens Band Victoria Park
Date:
ca. 1905
Retrieval Number:
CORA-RPL-A-334A
  Title: The Regina Citizens Band Victoria Park
Date:
ca. 1905
Retrieval Number:
CORA-RPL-A-334B
  Title: Birds'-eye view of Victoria Park
Date:
ca. 1905
Retrieval Number:
CORA-RPL-A-427
  Title: St. Mary's Church, Gratton School and Victoria Park
Date:
1906
Retrieval Number:
CORA-B-461
  Title: Design for Victoria Park
Date of Creation: 1907
Retrieval Number: CRP-2-240
   Title: Regina , Canada from the Tower of the Metropolitan Methodist Church
Date:
1913-1914
Retrieval Number:
CORA-A-1328
  Title: Bert Humphries in Victoria Park
Date:
1915
Retrieval Number:
CORA-E-6.76
  Title: Victoria Park with Davin Fountain
Date:
1916
Retrieval Number:
CORA-RPL-A-272
  Title: Birds'-eye view of Victoria Park
Date:
1920
Retrieval Number:
CORA-A-1779
 

Title: Victoria Park looking north towards McCallum Hill Building
Date: 1920
Retrieval Number: CORA-RPL-B-40

  Title: Cenotaph, Victoria Park, Regina, Sask.
Date:
1927
Retrieval Number:
CORA-RPL-A-428
  Title: Victoria Park with Cenotaph
Date:
1927
Retrieval Number:
CORA-RPL-A-426
  Title: Victoria Park looking east from the roof of the library
Date:
1929
Retrieval Number:
CORA-RPL-A-429

 

 

 

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