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September 09, 2023
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Roadtrip: Shadyside Memorial Park in Anderson
Guest Roadtripper and Indiana history enthusiast Chris Della Rocco suggests a Roadtrip to Shadyside Memorial Park in Anderson. The history of the park dates back to 1894 when Charles L. Henry, on behalf of the Union Traction Company, an interurban railroad company, bought a 30-acre tract of land in what was then known as North Anderson. The area had been called Spark's Woods, and the Union Traction Company turned it into a park for its employees and named it Shadyside Park.
The city of Anderson wanted to annex North Anderson so it could buy the large park as the city's population was growing and it wanted more green space. In 1923, the city purchased the park and surrounding 32 acres and opened it to the public.
In 1929, Shadyside opened the Japanese Gardens, now known as Terrace Gardens, which includes five stone levels built into a hillside with arches and sitting areas. Each level has unique features, including coy ponds, and stone structures.
The Bear Cave, made from large boulders with natural hints of gray, pink, yellow and granite, was built by Work Progress Administration(WPA) employees, hired under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal in 1932. This structure had three archways that were built into another hillside in the park, complete with stalagmites and stalactites. At one time, it housed real bears.Shadyside Park now encompasses approximately 87 acres, including 63 acres of lake surrounded by a fitness trail with connection to Anderson’s White River Greenway.
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