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Central Park Agricultural Hall


1901 to Today

Our history, in January 1901 a group of Central Park residents met to form a Farmers' Institute (incorporated in May 1901). They leased seventeen acres of Central Park from the Provincial Government, with surprising speed they arranged for government grants and constructed a "magnificent two-story building".

The building was described as "second to none outside Victoria and New Westminster" and was ready in time for the September 1901 Fall Fair. In 1903 the institute amalgamated with the South Vancouver and Burnaby Agricultural Society and became the Central Park Agricultural Association & Farmers Institute.

They continued to hold successful Fall Fairs and improve the building and grounds. In 1906 their hard work was rewarded with a visit to their annual Fall Fair from B.C. Premier Richard McBride. In 1907 the membership doubled to five hundred twenty members. However, this was the pinnacle as increasing urbanization and World War I saw the last exhibition on 1919. The lease expired in 1921 and the building was demolished in 1924.

The society continued to meet and hold small exhibitions in rented halls under the name The South Burnaby Horticultural Association.

After several name changes, the association became THE SOUTH BURNABY GARDEN CLUB in 1960. Today the SOUTH BURNABY GARDEN CLUB is affiliated with the B.C. COUNCIL OF GARDEN CLUBS.