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City of Bloomington, Indiana

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3.5 acres directly behind the Police Station on Third Street.

Accessibility: Designated parking spaces available behind the stage, paved sidewalk runs through the park by the fountain

Parking Areas: 17 Spaces behind the bandstand (three designated handicapped), street parking

Play Fields: large open green space

Also: Fountain in the center of the park, bandstand with canopy, picnic tables.

Details

History

  • 1923-1935-Most of the land that was to become The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park (Third Street Park) was purchased
  • 1923-The first playground equipment for the park was purchased with a fund created by the Bloomington Kiwanis Club
  • 1927-The Waldron-Hill-Buskirk estate donated a major parcel of land for the park
  • 1928-Swimming pool built
  • 1938-Juke Box Teen Center built, and the first bandstand erected
  • 1967-Pool and bandstand demolished
  • 1983-New playground installed
  • 1992-Historic fountain from Rose Hill Cemetery and band shell installed
  • 1997-Accessible playground built
  • 2002-Canopy installed over band shell to create all-weather performance stage
  • 2011-Third Street Park rededicated as "The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park" in honor of the families whose contributions of land made the park possible
  • 2011-Bloomington Parks and Recreation with partners Indiana University Health and The Project School receive a grant from KaBOOM! to build a new playground in the park on Friday, May 20 during a community-wide Build Day.