Girls´ dance troupe

Powell Street Grounds

Used for baseball and soccer from 1898 on, this park, officially named Oppenheimer Park, is located on the East side of Vancouver, bounded by Powell, Jackson, Cordova and Dunlevy Streets. Many Nikkei lived in the immediate area before the community was uprooted in 1942. See map ‘Baseball Parks in Vancouver.’

Powell Street, Vancouver

The park

The Powell Street Grounds was an important site for the community and the city. There, baseball drew great crowds of fans from 1900 to 1941. In the 1930s, demonstrators seeking employment often rallied at Powell Grounds, and the famous Nikkei opera singer Aiko Saita gave concerts there.


Girls' dance troupe performing in Japanese folk dance festival during Japanese Week organized to commemorate Vancouver's 50th Anniversary, Oppenheimer Park, August 15, 1936. Murakami Studio. Toshimi (nee Ochiai) Mitsui Collection. Japanese Canadian National Museum 97/195.1.006.