Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Looking Back: The Establishment Of Dorchester's City Park
The Dorchester City Park has been part of our community for 83 years.
Kinda makes you wonder where town kids played before that, huh?
After Dorchester's official founding in 1881, our village had no official park for the community's first fifty years. Then in June 1931, Jacob Sack, president of Sack Lumber and Coal Company, donated seven lots to the Village of Dorchester for use as a public park. That's according to "The Centennial History of Dorchester and Pleasant Hill."
The village board acted promptly on the donation. Town leaders laid out and landscaped the plot of land.
Today, our city park features a new park shelter, a basketball court, public restrooms, swings and new playground equipment for younger children.
More than 80 decades after his donation, we are grateful to Mr. Sack and we encourage Dorchester's families to utilize and maintain our fine city park.