Vancouver Park Board to honour Dal Richards with tribute

Dec 19 2017, 8:20 pm

The Vancouver Park Board voted unanimously in a meeting Monday night to honour local late jazz singer Dal Richards with a memorial.

Park Board commissioner John Coupar tells Vancity Buzz that they aren’t sure how they will honour Richards and the board wants to consult his family before moving forward with any plans.


“[Richards] has been an integral part of entertaining people in the city for many, many years and a lot of it was in our parks,” says Coupar.

“There’s been a long connection between the Park Board and Dal Richards.”

One idea the board has was to name the bandstand in English Bay after Richards, since he played there many times over the span of his career. Other options include naming a new park after him or a stage somewhere in the park system.

Coupar says he knew the jazz legend personally. Richards and Coupar’s father played together in the Kitsilano Boys Band in the 1930s.

“I think anybody who has a recollection of Dal and his big smile and big strides and his ability to kind of get a crowd totally involved in the fun of what he was doing – it will be really great for people to remember that.”

No timeline has been set for the project just yet.

In addition to the Park Board, the City of Vancouver recently voted in favour of a motion presented by councillor Melissa De Genova to name a street after the “King of Swing.” A location for that has yet to be determined.