The Village Park was located on one of the early Coulter additions. It is still located on the original plot.
In August, 1879, the village board instructed the street commissioners to plow, set out trees, seed with grass and fence public square (Village Park). They also were to pay 5 cents per tree and furnish lumber to box them to all citizens who set out trees adjoining their property. The next spring, the price was raised to 10 cents per tree set out before Arbor Day. Different ordinances were passed for the protection of trees, and in a short time, the Village was known as the City of Trees.
The Village has been blessed with tree line streets and paved sidewalks for many years. Some of the sidewalks have been removed, but at one time, there were sidewalks on almost every street in town.
The park was used for many affairs. One popular one was the annual Lion’s Club Picnic. For many years it was held on the third Thursday of July. This was like a homecoming to most folks. The picnic is still here today, but is sponsored by the Coulterville Fire Department and is held on a different date.
Through the years, many yards and lots have been used for kids to play. Now we are fortunate to have a modern and well equipped park. A ball diamond, tennis court, a walking track, pavilions and more are there for the enjoyment of the public. This park is also used by the school for their sports and activities. This park is located in the south part of town.
The Village Park is still located on its original plot. Through the years, the village and several civic clubs have improved and maintained the bandstand, sidewalks, benches, flowers and trees to keep the beauty of the park.
Each Christmas the park is decorated into a Christmas Wonderland. A few years ago, a citizen started this new tradition. With the help of friends and volunteers, the park is decorated with thousands of lights, trees and decorations. Folks come from all around to see the display.
The Village Park has been here for more than 100 years and it is still a beautiful spot to be enjoyed.
(An unedited version of this article can be found in “Recipes and Remembrances” a cookbook edited by Betty Gimber and the late Virginia Vancil)