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One third acre, located at the intersection of Kirkwood and Dunn, near the IU campus..
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Hours: Park is open from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

Parking Area: None

Playground Equipment: None

Accessibility: Park is accessible

Other: Benches, checker tables, murals, mosaic tiles, concrete sculptures

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Peoples Park is one-third acre located near Sample Gates at the corner of Dunn St. and Kirkwood Ave. The Park was deeded December 17, 1976, the result of a donation from Katherine Thomas Canada who specifically expressed that the site be used for the public interest.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, various landscaping improvements and site amenities were installed at the Park. In 1994, as a result of meetings with business owners, citizens and park users concerned about park safety and cleaniness, park site amenities were replaced. The locations of benches and tables were changed, additional lighting installed, exposed aggregate sidewalks were repaired, and additional trash receptacles and ash urns were placed. In keeping with the tradtion of the park as a gathering place for socialization, no other significant improvements of physical changes have occurred in the park's 20-year history.

In 1995, a partnership with Rhino's All-Ages Club resulted in the construction of a mural wall, allowing club members the opportunity to display artwork in the park. In addition, seasonal outdoor concerts were held in the park. Both programmatic initiatives have been successful and well received by the public and park users.

Indiana University had recently completed significant landscaping, lighting, sidewalk and parking improvements in the area surrounding Peoples Park. These improvements, and the very intensive use of the park, highlighted what has been judged to be a "run down" or unkept appearance in the park. With endorsement and unanimous support by the Board of Park Commissionsers, and with discussion and unltimate approval by the City of Bloomington Common Council, the Parks and Recreation Department 1998 Budget included an appropriation of $123,000 in capital improvement funds for Peoples' Park.

The Parks Department and the Park Board were strongly committed to an open and public process in the development of a conceptual plan for Peoples Park. There were no preconceived plans, design concepts or mandates for the project. A summary of on-site interview responses and press clippings about the history and use of the park are included in the information packet located in the Peoples Park binder in the Operations Division Director's office.