Roosevelt Park - 700 Longs
Roosevelt Park, presumably named
for President Theodore Roosevelt after his visit to Longmont in 1900, is one of the original parks planned
by the Chicago-Colorado Colony. Covering three city blocks, the land was purchased
in 1871 by J.M. Mumford for $2.48 at a tax sale and donated to the City in
1892. At first, the park called Lake Park then Longmont Driving Park, featured
a lake used for ice skating, a half-mile race track and racing barns. The
Roosevelt Park Auditorium, built in 1915, was used for the popular Jitney
dances in the 30's, for exhibits, the Boulder County Fair and for other events.
The auditorium was the City's largest meeting place for decades. In 1921,
the great singer Madam Schumann Heink gave a concert there.
In 1945, the Longmont Lions Club
began planting the rose garden on the east side of the park as a war memorial.
It was moved to the west side of the park in 1951, when the St. Vrain Memorial
Center was built, which included an auditorium with a stage and a gymnasium.
The Senior Center was built in 1976,
and in 1996 a life-size bronze sculpture by local artist Joe Kinkel, "Heart-to-Hand"
commissioned by the Art in Public Places Committee, was placed near the Senior
Center (link to Art in Public Places). Also found throughout the park is a fanciful series of sculptural objects titled Manilda G. Raffe by
Michele VandenHeuvel, dedicated in 2001.
In 1998 Norris Dullea, a Denver based Landscape Architectural firm, led a master plan effort to update this oldest of Longmont's community parks. A successful public process helped shape a vision for the renovated park. (link to master plan - 4,685 KB). The Roosevelt Activity & Wading Pool, built in 1998, is at the
northwest corner of the park. The 1999 citizen approved bond issue provided funds for an improvement project that was completed in 2002.
Work included expansions
to the Senior Center, St. Vrain Memorial Building and the rose garden. The
ball fields were removed and a multi-use pavilion was added for concerts and
large events. During the winter, an ice skating rink is operated under the pavilion
for family winter fun.
The pavilion can be rented for private use for a fee of $25 / hour (link to shelter reservations). Summer concerts are held in or near the pavilion, as are many festivals and events. For Special Event usage, contact Cathy Diesing @ 303-774-4756.
A Reservable Stone Shelter is available for use from May - the end of September. The 2009 fee is $35.00 for a resident and $44.00 for non residents.
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