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Gyro Club Playgrounds and Children’s Recreation in Edmonton, Alberta: Outdoor Play, Civic Life, and Urban Reform, 1922-1950

  • Author / Creator
    Retamales, Paulina C.
  • This study explores the history of the Gyro Club playground movement in Edmonton, Alberta, from the 1920s to the 1950s. Investigating who the Gyros were and how they structured play for children offers new insights to the history of Edmonton’s playground movement and social reform in civic development. It probes how children experienced playgrounds and how the City built partnerships with a voluntary sector organization to promote recreation services through more than twenty years. This work adds to understanding the implications of men’s leadership in urban social reform and in the child saving movement. It also presents children’s perspectives informed by archival and oral history sources on play in Gyro playgrounds. Furthermore larger shifts were related to voluntary sector and public sector work in urban governance and the lives of citizens.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3SD6D
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Physical Education and Recreation
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Reichwein, PearlAnn (Physical Education and Recreation)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Clement, Dominique (Department of Sociology)
    • Reichwein, PearlAnn (Physical Education and Recreation)
    • Mills, David (Department of History)
    • Spencer-Cavaliere, Nancy (Physical Education and Recreation)
    • Elizabeth Halpenny (Physical Education and Recreation)