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Sunset Park

Sunset Park
Sunset Park

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Evansville, IN

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Across from Sunset Dr
District: Riverside
Latitude: 37.962132
Longitude: -87.572086
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along riverfront Pagoda built 1912 Evansville's Riverfront once was the hub of the city's commercial activity, but residents soon recognized its recreational possibilities. In 1850, a newspaper suggested that the "delightful tract" of land along the river be converted into a public park, and by the early 20th century, the vision had become a reality. Offering a magnificent view of the setting sun, the newly landscaped park was aptly named Sunset Park. An added amenity was a Japanese-style shelter house, which was constructed in 1913. Now commonly known as the Pagoda, it featured a roof garden, cupola bandstand and public restrooms. In this 1932 view, scores of visitors take advantage of the park's numerous attractions.

1915 playground equip in sunset shelter house in sunset park tennis courts in sunset

See also Parks / Recreational Riverside district

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