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Some Boyd Park History!

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Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

By June 2, 1921 the Second Ward School Parent-Teacher Association raised $600 to build two bathhouses at Boyd Park. PTA helped raise money to build dressing rooms for the bathing beach. This also included a check room for placing clothes and valuables.

On June 21, 1922 the Second Ward School held a concert featuring the Liberty Band, and had swimming races and diving contests in the swimming pool to help raise money for improvements to Boyd Park.

The PTA also helped raise funds to hire two attendants, one to watch the dressing room and check room. The other attendant would watch over children as they played on the beach. The PTA, largely responsible for the upkeep and funding of the park, also trimmed trees, leveled off uneven ground, maintained the baseball diamond, and furnished playground equipment. The PTA also encouraged that everyone in Eau Claire utilize the park and the beach, not just those that lived in the Second Ward.

Along with Half Moon Lake and Big Falls, Boyd Park was a premier destination to swim in the summer in Eau Claire and the Eau Claire Leader mentions Boyd Park as a place to cool down with Eau Claire’s summer heat. In the bathing beach’s early years many younger residents of Eau Claire were banned from the bathing beach due to their level of noise and rowdiness while swimming and playing in the water. The fear was that if someone needed help, especially a young child, their cries for help would go unheard as the other beach goers were being too loud.

The Boyd Park retaining wall was made of Dunnville stone from the foundation walls of an old building behind street car barns in Shawtown. The park was also enlarged with fill of sand from the lowering of the Doty Street hill. The rest of the stone came from the old Walters Brewery foundation on Hobart. This was also helped by the Work Progress Administration.

Thanks to Chad Rowekamp for requesting this information.

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