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Frederick Law Olmsted created landscape experiences, to have a humanizing effect on the citizens: to soften their harsh life, and to bring people of all classes together to interact and gain a sense of community.
Then in 1897 the park was designated as the site for a memorial to the the cycling pioneer A. D. Ruff. Ruff was a member of the League of American Wheelman and once cycled to Yellowstone National Park in 1893. Famed sculptor Enid Yandell designed and contructed a marble fountain and half circle stone bench named “Wheelment’s Bench” for the memorial.
On October 8, 1897, a parade of 10,000 cyclists passed here to celebrate a new cinder bicycling path along Southern Parkway. Viewed by 50,000 spectators, parade began at Third and Broadway and ended at Iroquois Cycle Club. Many cyclists were in costume; ladies wore bloomers. Bugles and cannon fire marked the parade’s progress.
Located at: 3190 S 3rd St., 40214 (Southern Parkway and Oakdale Avenue)
Size: 2 acres