Town of Normal celebrates 125 years of Fell Park

Fell Park is the Town’s oldest public park. Jesse Fell donated the land to the Town for public use in the late 1880s. (Scott Miller/WJBC)


NORMAL – Community members and town leaders came together Sunday morning in Normal to celebrate 125 years of Fell Park.

Jesse Fell was one of Normal’s founders and was known to be a big advocate for green space and the environment.

Doug Damery with Normal Parks and Recreation wants more people to have the same outlook on parks that Jesse fell had.

“The vision Jesse fell had for parks and space in normal and the value it provides to a community, quality of life, that kind of thing and like obviously we like to celebrate that in parks and recreation,” said Damery.

Fell Park is the Town’s oldest public park. Jesse Fell donated the land to the Town for public use in the late 1880s. The two acres of land Fell donated are believed to be originally used as a public farmers market.


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