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Racine Journal Times (Newspaper) - November 11, 1956, Racine, Wisconsin SPACE PROVIDED FOR RECREATION Hundreds of Acres in Racine's Park System Get a Real Workout in Summer Months Summertime when Ra hundreds of acres of parks are given a Racine often times visitors to the in droves on Zoo Washington and other parks for an outing Racine's park consists of several large many small parks and picnic several community houses run by the recrea and dozens of a large outdoor swimming a zoological three municipal beaches and three municipal golf Yet a century no pro vision for parks was made in the original plat of the It is to a handful of persons and that the city park system owes its expansion continued de East and Went is they stand were the first in the They were known as public and were the scene of band picnics and public Board Named In 1902. These parks served ade until 1902. At that two men became aware of the recrea tional needs of a growing W. H. then president of the Racine Business Men's formed a committee tp incorporate the Racine Public Park and Peter B. son named the first Park That was the start of the present extensive park system What is now Washington Park is a result Of the work of these petitioned the Council to acquire this Mid later the Erskine The Racine Woman's Clyo Jater offered all property it owned east of Mound Cemetery extending to the Root River and the river frontage from Twelfth to Sixth William Horlick donated most of the island now known as Island and Horlick and William made a of the play area known as Lewis The family donated the land in the rear of Howell School and south of the Washington Park High in 1908. Somewhere around 1908, townspeople made it evident they wanted a North Beach Unsolicited con swelled funds set up for the purpose by the Elks YMCA and other A benefit matinee at the Bijou Theater was In a miniature bathhouse was erected on Main St. and tickets sold to the A newspaper headline and City Officials Take First Dip in the Surf of North It was dated Aug. 20, 1908. In 1921 and 1930 the properties now known as Shoop and Johnson named for their doubled the park The Zoo was established in 1924. and has grown year by Next came the community playgrounds and the Wash ington Park outdoor swim ming The most recent acquisition has been Roosevelt Between Fifth and Sixth west of Main St. is the most controversial piece of park property in the Mon Park Board records are filled with the controversies that raged through the years over the court broken hot tempers and Yet it remains the closest approach to a central toward * spot and civic center chase if the City would match the Individual action brought a unified purpose and eoon park planning got The well-known landscape Jens was named to plan the A full-time superintendent wm named was authorized to pay laborers a day in your judgment they are worth Land purchases and gifts The city set aside the city and is one of two planned floral settings in Shouted Down by Almost someone suggests that the area be made into a parking lot only to be shouted down by Another recent controversy was set aside because of opposition was suggestion by the recreation commission that the center of West Park be converted into a small children's The entire park system suffered acutely from lack of funds during the and lack of men and materials during the war and post-war rapid progress is to be In maintenance and new Prime example is the development which is steadily moving along - with only minor Latest addition has been the boat ramp at Fifth St. and development of Pershing Park below Memorial Like mushrooms after play areas have developed throughout Racine in the midst of crowded residential numbering 18, with several others under Many small parks and triangles are used today for strolling or momentary stopping places between homes and the shopping district many virtually unknown except by the neighborhoods in which they arc Certainly they are not used as often as Shoop and Johnson parks where golfers enjoy the municipal courses from early April to late or as frequently as the five popular picnic spots at Johnson Lincoln Park and Pierce The Racine Park System is managed and governed by a Board of Park composed of five members who are appointed by the Currently serving on the board are Kenneth H. John F. Joseph Roy G. Hof and George Floyd A. superintendent of also acta as secretary to the Seventy-three parcels of land comprise the system and total 765 The largest of these Johnson 279 Washington 93.8 Shoop 63 Colonial 55.8 Cedar 27.5 North Beach 25.16 Lakefront Park 20 Roosevelt 20.78 Lincoln 30 9.21 Lewis 9.95 Horlick former Island 8.9 Pierce 7.3 Jerome 6 Maple Grove 5.95 Douglas 5.13 5.12 and Lake 4.5 The more than 750 acres include all playgrounds and recreation By the end of the the park system will total more than 800 The City Council is negotiating for 60 acres of land to expand the Johnson The Recreation established by ordinance in 1951, has a governing body of seven members each from the Board of Park and City in addition four private citizens appointed by the and is headed by B. A. recreation director who also is secretary to the The commission has custody of four community Douglas St. and Washington ind the Washington Park Swimming It directs recreational programs on grounds maintained by the Park Department and at both public and parochial school grounds and The the 3 golf toboggan tennis courts and baseball fields offer Racine residents ample opportunity in their of The Racine Sunday Bulletin BABY NIAGARA - There are times when the water the river on a The result is the flowing over dam seems hardly more than a horseshoe curve and which draws sightseers to but then the heavy rains or spring thaws send way 38 and the Green Bay road site of the old mill A RECORD 28 Years a store for the Because we buy with a group of other our purchasing power assures you of the greatest the lowest possible price and larger more complete stocks because we maintain contact with scouts in the big markets we know when a manufacturer is giving a good can take advantage of it for you and run a Bargain Day Sale that is a Bargain For better than a quarter of a century we have tried to maintain a high quality of merchandise at a budget price always giving to you the fine service you are entitled to and we've enjoyed every Our Policy We are pleased to guarantee that every of merchandise is honestly described in our sign copy and in our If You are not satisfied with any article purchased from us we expect you to return that article and exchange it for item or we will refund your WE ARE PROUD for forty-five years jhe company has served the Racine Company as their National Advertising It has been our job to tell the story of Racine's wealthy market and its great Newspaper to the manufacturers and distributors of the country who build their business empire through National Our four offices located in New Detroit and San Francisco cover the major advertising centers of the country and tell the story of Racine's growth and prosperity to America's leading business executives and their advertising THE CO. 19 0,3 NSW york MURRAY HILL 2-493! 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