Scoville Park

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Scoville Park is a public park in Oak Park, Illinois. Contrary to the name, it is not located on Scoville Avenue, but rather the corner of Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street, next to the Oak Park Public Library. The park is home to a small Playground, a large field that is home to concerts during Sundays in summer, a war memorial statue, tennis courts and the Horse Show Fountain. A plan for a $2.1 Million renovation to start in 2012 has recently been approved.[1]

History[edit]

Scoville Park was originally the site of the Scoville Family Estate. It was purchased by the Village in 1912, making it one of the villages 3 original parks. The Scoville home was demolished a year later. The site was also at one point the home of Joseph Kettlestrings, Oak Park's first white settler. The memorial statue, located at the top of Scoville Park's hill, was dedicated in 1925. Charles G. Dawes, who was at that time the Vice-President of the United States, attended the dedication. The statue is made out of granite and bronze, and has recently been blocked off for construction.[2]

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Coordinates: 41°53′22″N 87°47′42″W / 41.88944°N 87.79500°W / 41.88944; -87.79500