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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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by the watchamacallits

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
Group Names:
  • Travis – Intro and conclusion/Memorial Park
  • James – Highland Park
  • Staci – Lincoln Park
  • A little on Memorial Park
  • Dionne – Minneopa Park
  • Scott & Mike – Sibley Park
  • Andy – Washington Park
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Highland Park
  • On Oct. 15, 1874, Mankato city council bought 10,28 acres for $150/acre. These were to be the grounds on which a new park was built.
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Highland Park
  • First building was built in 1905.
  • Popular Tourist/camping site
  • A camper from Nashville, Tennessee once quoted the park as being “hard to beat.”
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Highland Park
  • Also built by city to obtain a site for a well that would provide water to city residents that lived on the hill.
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Highland Park
  • Highland Park was deteriorated during WWII
  • It took many years of hard work to restore the park to its present day appearance.
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Lincoln Park
  • Grounds for park purchased in 1885 by a group of citizens.
  • It was deeded to the city of Mankato who agreed to maintain it as a park.
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Lincoln Park
  • A Soldier Monument and fountain was built in the park in 1893.
  • High winds destroyed the statue of the soldier
  • Walls of the fountain basin were left in place, no attempts have been made thus far to restore it.
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Lincoln Park

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.

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Lincoln Park
  • The large Elm was reinforced several times to attempt to save its large body and branches from falling over.
  • It succumbed to Dutch Elm disease in 1980
  • The tree was found to have been 315 years old.
memorial park
Memorial Park

Originally designed and built to be an area to relax and study.

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Memorial Park
  • Located off of Riverfront across from Reconciliation Park and the site of the Dakota Massacre. (By the big buffalo)
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Minneopa Park

“Twice falling water” ~ Dakota Sioux

One of the oldest state parks

Oldest Park in Mankato

Largest Waterfall in southern MN

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Minneopa Park

2 Picturesque waterfalls

Formed by Minneopa Creek

Upper Fall:

6-7ft high

Lower Fall:

40 foot drop

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Minneopa Park

3 picnic areas

2 large open shelters

Visitors center

Current Facilities:

4.5-mile hiking trail

4-mile cross country ski trail

62 semi-moderate campsites

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Minneopa Park

Seppmenn Mill

Small Minneopa Village

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Sibley Park

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

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Sibley 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.

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Sibley Park

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.

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Sibley Park

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.

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Sibley Park
  • In 1989 the newly reestablished zoo consisted of a prairie dog colony, deer, peacocks, rabbits & goats.
  • For the most part, the same animals remain today at the Sibley Park Zoo.
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Sibley Park
  • Sibley functions as a great picnic area.
  • Good place to go to play catch or do some homework (in the warm months, of course).
  • Or just laying on a blanket in the sun.
washington park

Park appeared

In 1918

Washington Park

Occupies 3.5

Acres of land,

Purchased for


Located at 4th and Washington St.

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Washington Park

A large water

Fountain once

Stood tall in

The park, but

It has been


Was once location of railroad yards for the Omaha Railroad…..

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Mankato’s Mayor Meyer once said that Washington

park was “truly a beautiful urban park set in a

long-standing residential area

Washington Park

…but the railroad moved in 1906

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Washington Park

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!

our group
Our Group

Dionne, Mike, Staci, Scott, Andy, James

(Travis took the picture)

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El Fin

(The End)

This has been a presentation of Mankato City Parks by the Watchamacallits!

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