Mary Waters Park

February 2, 2021

Park # 11

1042 Lafayette Ave NE (at Leonard NE)

We had been driving west on Leonard NE a lot lately, and noticing a lot of sledding at the corner of Lafayette and Leonard. Today we discovered this is part of the Mary Waters Park which has history dating back to 1891 when this area was a “streetcar suburb”, formerly farmland- Hard to think of this as the northern boundary! Mary Waters was the daughter of Dudley and Florence Waters who gave the city 4.5 acres in 1907, to expand the park.

The hill takes up a large part of the park along with a flat field with basketball courts to the south. An access road off Lafayette goes to the top of the hill where there is a playground, a splash pad and a covered picnic area-also bathrooms.

Looking down the sledding hill toward Lafayette with access road to playground on the left.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *