Lake County Parks
Celebrate 50 years of the Lake County Parks
BIG PLANS for 2018 -Check back here for updates as plans progress
What’s happening in 2018? It’s a celebration of the first fifty years of the Lake County Parks. On June 11, 1968 the first Lake County Park Board meeting was held, making 2018 the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department.
Anniversaries are a chance to remember the past and to recognize the legacy of those who had the vision for what we enjoy today. Do you have old photos of the parks, favorite stories, and memories of the parks before they were parks? Share your photos, thoughts and memories by posting them on Facebook at Lake County Parks 50th Anniversary.
Anniversaries are also a chance to look forward and build on the legacy that began a half century ago. The investment of the past 50 years is there waiting for you to use and enjoy. Celebrate by getting up and going outside. Enjoy all that the Lake County Parks has to offer. Celebrate this legacy with us as we look forward to the next 50 years of exceptional parks and recreation.
40 years ago on October 10, 1976 Wood’s Historic Grist Mill was dedicated, and added to the National Register of Historic Places. The following year Deep River County Park was officially open. John Wood moved to the area now known as Deep River County Park and built his first grist mill in 1838. The Mill we know today was built by John Wood’s son Nathan in 1876, and restored by
the Lake County Parks department 100 years later in 1976. The
cover of this Pathfinder features a photo of the mill that was
taken shortly after its dedication in 1976. That photo was also
featured in the very first Pathfinder.
The Welcome sign went up even before the For Sale sign came down; even before that first park had a name. Welcome to the Lake County Park & Recreation Board FIRST PARK SITE.
Quick quiz: What park was that? What year was it dedicated? How did it get its name?
Answers: Lemon Lake County Park; 160 acres were purchased in 1968; Lemon Lake was dedicated in 1972; At the 1972 March Park Board meeting Lemon Lake County Park was named after the small marsh area that had historically been called by that name.
Good Memories. Anyone remember Stoney Run Bluegrass? We used to take photos of people wearing a different SR Bluegrass shirt. Front row right is the first ever shirt. If it still survives it's probably the only one.
For reservations and more information about the Lake County Parks Call 219-769-PARK
Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm Central Time (Chicago Time)
Lake County Parks and Recreation Department Corporate Office
8411 East Lincoln Highway, Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Just west of Deep River WaterparK 4.5 miles east of I-65 on Route 30