Hunting Park: History and Revitalization
“There was nothin’!”said Tom Ambers, a local resident of Hunting Park.
Despite its current reality the park hasn’t always had such a poor appearance. The park has gone through many changes. At different points in its history the park had a horse track, a lake and a carousel. Looking at it today, you would never be able to tell that any of that was there. The track was closed up, the lake filled in, and the carousel was shipped out of town in the late 1960s.
One of the park’s original features, a music pavilion still stands. It’s even been rumored John Philip Sousa once performed there with his band.
While the park’s condition has declined over the years, Ambers and his wife Bonnie, said things are starting to look good again. The elderly couple witnessed firsthand the decay that has struck the park, but they are excited about the new projects that are currently under construction. A new community garden and a baseball field are expected to be constructed for the park.
“I think Jimmy Rollins is going to be here when they dedicate it,” Ambers said.