City Park was a place for many kinds of entertainment. You'd usually hear the sound of horse shoes being played in the late afternoon or early evening, there were band concerts
held there on weekends, it has been a place of informal gathering for many years.
In the 'Remember When' section of the Clear Lake Mirror-Reporter, July 3, 2007 edition, under the heading '120 Years Ago 1897' it states "The city dads have ordered the removal of the fence around the park, but they did not intend this as an invitation for people to unhitch their teams and camp out there. A man went in with his horses the other day and calculated on having a pleasant time lying in the shade and watching his horses eat the grass in the park. We are a very accomodating people, but we cannot be prevailed upon to turn our city park into a paddock."
Please send in your memories of times spent in City Park, what you most enjoyed doing there. Was it the Band Concerts that enticed you there? Whatever your thoughts are, please share them with us all and take us back in time to days that are only in our memories now.
It has been the center of the July 4th celebrations for many years.
Dedication of the time capsule during Clear Lake's Centennial celebration in 1951 was conducted by honorary mayors E.W. Winnie (left) and J.F. Palmeter. The capsule was placed in a concrete receptacle in City Park. Contents of the capsule included: July 12 editions of the Clear Lake Mirror, Clear Lake Reporter and Mason City Globe Gazette; script of the centennial pageant, "Salute to a Century"; centennial flag; July 4 and 5 Congressional Record; miscellaneous photographs of local scenes and buildings; 1951 high school annual; 1951 telephone and city directories;seed corn, seed beans and seed oats; centennial song, "The Waters of Clear Lake", Legislative Report No. 81 by the Hon. H.R. Gross; and letters by Centennial Chairman M.W. Hughes, Chamber of Commerce President, F.C. Lovell, Superintendent of Schools T.G. Burnes; Mayor W.H. Ward; Congregational Minister E.W. Day; Methodist Minister W.M. Hubbard; Luthern Minister Carroll L. Hinderlie; Evangelical Free Church Minister Lionel Barrett; Christian Church Minister Guy W. Carrell; and St Patrick's Catholic Church Pastor J.J. Buzynski.
The original City Park Bandshell, built in 1877,
was located near the center of the park.
The site featured daily summer band concerts.
City Park is featured in this 1911 postcard. Clear Lake always had summer band concerts to entertain visitors. Professional musicians, many that played in symphonies and hailed from large cities, would come to Clear Lake to play in the resort town during the summer months. In 1909, the Clear Lake Municipal Band played 14 concerts a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day and three dances a week at Whitaker's Pavilion.
A Civil War canon was stationed in Clear Lake's City Park in the 1920s. The canon remained a fixture of the park until the 1940s. During World War II, it was donated to the government and melted down.
All the information on this page so far, pictures and words, was taken from "Clear Lake, Iowa 1851-2006" The Red Book.
Clear Lake City Park
as it appeared in the
City Park has been the hub
of summer activities
horse shoes to picnics,
concerts to Graduations
and it still continues to beckon
residents and visitors
to take time out
to smell the fresh air. JHT
20 March, 2008
City Park was laid out when the city was platted in 1856. On May Day, 1873, Clear Lake families developed City Park by planting 1,500 trees. Tags were furnished and every tree was marked with the name of the owner, as a living monument. The first band stand was installed in 1877 at the cost of $200, with $15/month allotted for a band to play in the park three evenings a week. The current bandshell was built in 1954. In 1936, the Seawall was built as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Public Works Program.