The study of park history serves as an important basis for assessing how rapid growth of cities affects the availability, management and use of parks over time. The data used for this study was collected from a variety of documentary sources including Parks Board records, old newspapers and archival records. The development of parks in the City of Vancouver has been approached from a multi-stakeholder perspective since the 19th century. There has been an increase in the number of physical structures and area of hard landscaping on the parks. This is as a result of the continuous increase in the provision of more recreational facilities. The presence of more recreational facilities on the parks has helped in promoting social activities but has limited the ecological functions of the parks. This shows a conflict between the achievement of social and environment goals in park planning.

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