By The Watchamacallits. Mankato Area Parks. In the 1970’s Mankato had 35 parks covering 689 acres, and North Mankato had another 20 parks spanning more than 150 acres . Today, we will show you a few of the many parks that still exist in modern-day Mankato, MN. Group Names:.
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Mankato Area Parks
Today, we will show you a few of the many parks that still exist in modern-day Mankato, MN.
A large Elm Tree, expected to date back to 1776, was a signature feature of Lincoln Park for a long time.
It was used for the bicentennial celebration of Mankato in 1976.
Originally designed and built to be an area to relax and study.
“Twice falling water” ~ Dakota Sioux
One of the oldest state parks
Oldest Park in Mankato
Largest Waterfall in southern MN
2 Picturesque waterfalls
Formed by Minneopa Creek
40 foot drop
3 picnic areas
2 large open shelters
4.5-mile hiking trail
4-mile cross country ski trail
62 semi-moderate campsites
City purchased land for Sibley Park in 1887.
One of the city’s largest parks
Park has an upper and lower level with
Baseball diamonds and playgrounds on the
river side of the park
The rivers flooded because of excess runoff
Of melting snow from the previous winter.
In 1965, the famous and highly popular Sibley Park Zoo was nearly swept away when the Blue Earth and Minnesota river valleys flooded.
Of the more than 100 animals who were housed at the zoo at the time of the flood, only the larger ones survived.
Buffalo, bears, deer and elk, along with 4 monkeys,
2 alligators and an exotic breed of raccoon survived.
The few animals that did survive the flood were moved to nearby Como Zoo in St. Paul.
The damaged park was cleaned up by some
Neighborhood kids and youth groups.
A large water
Stood tall in
The park, but
It has been
Was once location of railroad yards for the Omaha Railroad…..
The moving of the railroad resulted in the establishment of what today is known as Mankato’s Washington Park
Washington park is an excellent park for picnics!
Dionne, Mike, Staci, Scott, Andy, James
(Travis took the picture)
This has been a presentation of Mankato City Parks by the Watchamacallits!