If you have any doubt that there was a Baby Boom following World War II, you need to look no further than this Edina Park and Rec film footage from the 1950-60s. More than 100 kids took part in a summer playground program at Concord Elementary -- yes, just at one playground -- in 1959.
That was the first thing that struck me as I watched this film footage. The parade of kids was never-ending for the Circus Day program, one of the many themed events happening every Friday in Edina parks. Bob Kojetin, then Park director and now a member of our board of directors, pointed out several kids who have gone on to achieve state judge office, start successful businesses and, well, grow up and now retire some 50 years later.
Another themed program shown here is Costumes of the World. Prizes were awarded for best in show. Other theme days were Park Olympics, Bike Day, a cowboy and Indians day, and more
The second segment shows a 1963 Camp A Night, an overnight camping trip on the old Hayes Farm, which later was developed into Braemar Park. The dozen or so young boys were chaperoned by just one man, Bob himself. He grilled them dinner (looks like kabobs) and mixed up pancakes for breakfast.
The third segment (circa 1964) shows volunteer playground leaders at a week-long camping trip at the YMCA Camp Menogyn in the Boundary Waters.
Grab your popcorn and watch some or all of this approximately 14-minute film. I'd love to hear your reactions to Edina's park past. Did you attend the playground program -- or perhaps see someone you know in the film? What was your favorite activity? Please comment here or email me with your memories.
In 1970, Windsor Publications, Inc., of California, published an advertising booklet about Bloomington, Richfield and Greater Edina. Although 90 percent of the pages were devoted to ads, a few pages of editorial copy extolled the virtues of the South Hennepin suburbs.
The brand new Fairview Southdale Hospital got two pages of great photos and some glowing text. Can you believe that the hospital is now more than 40 years old? Perhaps the expansion projects make me think the building is newer.
The photos above show that the traditional white nurses uniforms were still in vogue. (Side note: I remember those yarn pony tail ribbons from my childhood.)
But the photo below is the real thriller. The wide angle view takes in the Southdale Medical building as well as Southdale center. Anyone know what that round building is? (See left center.)
For more information on the hospital's history, see the story written by Joe Sullivan in the Winter 2008 issue of the city's quarterly newsletter About Town.
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