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Then & Now: Johns Park

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Johns Park fountain

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally published on Richland Source in 2015.

The land that is Johns Park was donated to the city in 1907, though the neighborhood around it — known then as the Johns Addition — was in place since the 1890s.

Within the first decade of its life the park grew a couple rustic picnic pavilions and a graceful fountain, but they were replaced during the Depression by a large brick pavilion funded and built by the US government as a WPA project.

Johns Park was once the home of a vital and active baseball diamond used by city leagues, but that ball field is today a grassy meadow. It also had tennis courts that have since been repurposed to basketball.

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