Olcott Park

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Olcott Park
Olcott Park.jpg
A gazebo at the center of Olcott Park
Type City park
Location Virginia, Minnesota, United States
Coordinates 47°31′45″N 92°33′00″W / 47.52917°N 92.55000°W / 47.52917; -92.55000Coordinates: 47°31′45″N 92°33′00″W / 47.52917°N 92.55000°W / 47.52917; -92.55000
Area 40 acres (16 ha)

Olcott Park is a city park in Virginia, Minnesota, United States.

History[edit]

Olcott Park was named after W. J. Olcott, an officer of the Great Northern Mining Company. In 1905 the company first leased the land to the city for $1 a year if the city would pay taxes on it. The city purchased the land in 1939 for $9,015.

Description[edit]

The Olcott Park in Virginia, Minnesota is a 40-acre (16 ha) amount of land on the north side of town. It is bordered by 9th St. N and Essentia Health/Virginia Regional Medical Center on the north and the Calvary Cemetery on the west. On the east it is bordered by N 9th Ave W, and a city museum (Heritage Museum). On the south, the park is bordered by Parkview Learning Center and some little-league baseball fields.

Along with a large playground area, the park also boasts a bandstand in its center where Virginia City Band performances take place in the summer. In the northern region of the park, a fountain still stands today that was built during the Great Depression. Also, a structure in the southern edge of the park still stands that held monkeys and bear cubs prior to World War II. The park also holds the Olcott Park Greenhouse, one of the town's major attractions.

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