Stoddard Park (City of Hayden)
Friday, September 11, 2015
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
In 2005 the City of Hayden purchased the Stoddard Farm for building a future city park to help preserve the heritage of Hayden’s agricultural community. This site was formerly a dairy, poultry, and agricultural farm that included a farmhouse, barn and silo. These amenities created unique opportunities for development. The City first utilized the property for City related services while gradually making improvements to the land and outbuildings for several years as there was limited funding available for this project.
Upon construction, the City now has a beautiful park still housing the original red dairy barn and silo. Additionally, there are now the following: a picnic shelter designed as a miniature red barn; restrooms incorporated into miniature grain silos, a circular walking and biking path that is connected to regional paths, a small performing stage and arena area built around the existing silo that can be rented for weddings and events, metal watering troughs for flowers, and plenty of room for children to run and play in safety. The grand opening of the park was held on October 7, 2014.
Future improvements being planned for the site include playground equipment and possibly a "splash" pad. The City hopes to obtain funding to make publically accessible the large red dairy barn for community events, farmers’ markets, dances, private rentals and other activities. In addition to being a sterling example of community development in establishing a sense of place, heritage, and collaboration, this is truly a unique development and we see it as one of the jewels of our community.
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