Owen Park (Eau Claire, Wisconsin)
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Owen Park is an 11-acre parcel of land with numerous trees, benches, and historical signage that stretches along the west bank of the Chippewa River from Lake Street to Water Street. Adjacent to the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire on one end and a block away from downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on the other, the park offers a bike trail, playground equipment, lit tennis courts, a gazebo, picnic tables, and rest rooms. The centerpiece of Owen Park is the Sarge Boyd Bandshell, a structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places that was built to showcase the musical pride of the city, the Eau Claire Municipal Band. Seating for approximately 1450 people is provided. These amenities, along with a no-alcohol policy, make Owen Park a favorite gathering spot for people of all ages, especially during the summer months when the Municipal Band presents its summer concert series.
The land was donated in 1913 by lumber baron John S. Owen in an effort to make Eau Claire a "city of parks."
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