Downtown Optimist park was originally on school property
at Hickman High School. The park consisted of a small
building, playground equipment and barbecue grills.
The building was used for selling Christmas trees and
other club activities. The park was a neighborhood
park. When the school needed the outdoor space, the
park was moved to the present location. This property
was originally neighborhood property dedicated as parkland.
However, when the City paved the adjoining streets,
the neighborhood deeded the property to the City in
exchange for the tax bills. Some of the playground
equipment from the original Optimist Park was moved
and the City provided additional equipment. The most
current redevelopment was completed in 1990 with funds
from the Community Development Block Grant. The Optimist
Club has assisted the Parks and Recreation Department
in development of the park as well as providing recreation
activities for the youth of the community.
Downtown Optimist Park