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    elmwoodPark

    LOCATION:

    The park is bounded by Glenwood Ave, Elmwood Ave, Fairfield Ave, and Craddock Street.

     
     

    GENERAL INFORMATION:

    • Total Acerage: 65
    • Type of Park: Community Park
    • TNT Sector: Area 3 – Southside
    • Directions:
      From the North: Interstate 81 southbound to the exit for S State St towards S Salina St/Brighton Ave, exit 17.  Turn left onto S State St.  Take 1st right onto E Brighton Ave.  Turn left onto South Ave (1 mi).  Take 1st right onto Glenwood Ave.  The entrance to Elmwood Park will be on the left (.1 mi).
      From the South: Interstate 81 northbound to the exit for S Salina St/Brighton Ave, exit 17.  At the bottom of the ramp turn left.  At S Salina St turn right.  Turn left onto E Brighton Ave (.2 mi).  Turn left onto South Ave (1 mi).  Take 1st right onto Glenwood Ave.  The entrance to Elmwood Park will be on the left (.1 mi).
      From the West: Interstate 690 eastbound to the West St exit.  Keep left at the fork and merger onto S West St.  Turn right onto W Onondaga St (1.1 mi).  Turn right onto South Ave (1.4 mi).  Turn right onto Glenwood Ave (.4 mi).  The entrance to Elmwood Park will be on the left (.1 mi).
      From the East:  Interstate 690 westbound to I-81 S.  Proceed south on I-81 to the exit for S State St towards S Salina St/Brighton Ave, exit 17.  Turn left onto S State St.  Take 1st right onto E Brighton Ave.  Turn left onto South Ave (1 mi).  Take 1st right onto Glenwood Ave.  The entrance to Elmwood Park will be on the left (.1 mi). 

    FEATURES:

    • Athletic Fields and Courts
      Elmwood Park has a little league hardball diamond.
    • Playground
      Playground consisting of swings, slides, seesaws, and climbing bars.
    • Picnic Area
      A covered pavilion available with picnic tables and benches.

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    HISTORICAL INFORMATION:

    Elmwood Park has an unusually long and interesting history. The wealth of history associated with this site can be traced to 1796 when Elliot Herrin transferred title to Comfort Tyler. In 1806, a furnace was constructed on the site to cast shot and shells for the War of 1812. In 1880, the land was used for farmland, but by 1889 the property was transformed into William Pardee's "First Class Temperance Pleasure Resort." At that time, it covered about 17 acres and had two artificial lakes, picnic shelters, dance pavilions, a restaurant, concessions (such as a cigar stand and an ice cream parlor), amusements (such as Swan boats, rifle range, merry-go-round and the like), and the natural attractions of bluffs, stream and wildflowers. It was described as a "delightful spot, first rate, handsome, pretty and safe, an ideal place for a day's outing..."

    In 1927, the natural beauty of Elmwood Park was clearly recognized and the park was developed with respect for the picturesque qualities of its rugged landform, forested slopes and natural water features. It was to be "a good example of the naturalistic park where beauty of the landscape is the predominating factor…a delightful unspoiled area of land surrounded by high-class residential property." As such, the design of all the incidental structures - bridges, walls, weirs, stairs, curbs, etc. - were to be in a rough and ready vernacular of rustic stone, natural borders or unfinished, heavy timber. Today the park's 65 acres continue to attract those delighting in picturesque scenery.

     
     
 
       
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