City Hall Park
Winter Lights in the Park
The lights at City Hall Park will be on every night from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. seven days a week until the second week in January. The light show on the corner of City Hall will play music and lights will flash every night from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. daily. There are over 92,000 light bulbs that light City Hall Park. There are approximately 168 pole decorations in the downtown as well.
Summer in the Park
City Hall Park is a City dedicated pollinator park. This initiative protects both native and planted habitat specifically for native pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, beetles and hummingbirds. In these parks especially, there is no spraying for weeds or insect pests, grass is left a little longer, and the edges between grass and forest are more ragged - perfect for pollinators!
Please visit the Pollinator Park webpage for more information.
City Hall Park dates back to 1902. A legal dispute dragged on for more than a decade before the property was finally awarded to the town. From 1914 to 1924 the park was used primarily for recreation purposes, such as ice skating in the winter and baseball in the summer. In 1943 the Elks Club built a paddling pool on the northeast corner of the park. The original City Hall sat along Ross Street just west of the pool.
In 1949, Park Superintendent, Hugh Gilchrist, drew up plans for an ornamental area at the west end of the park. In 1964 a new City Hall was built and the park was expanded to include the site of the old City Hall.
In 1964 a public library opened on the south side of the park.