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Parchment in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Kindleberger Park

 
 
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Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, February 1, 2022
1. Kindleberger Park Marker
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On July 28, 1930, Jacob and Lucinda Kindleberger donated thirty-eight acres of land to create a park for the recently founded village of Parchment. “Uncle Jake” Kindleberger was president of a paper mill, the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company (KVP). The park was a central part of his effort to form a mill and village that he saw as “models for the world.” Parchment’s village commission voted to name the park after the Kindlebergers in January 1931. Despite the Great Depression, park construction began in 1932 under the leadership of KVP. Employees dug ditches, planted trees and constructed roads. Volunteers from the local Boy Scouts and garden clubs also worked on the park. At the park dedication on June 17, 1933, KVP’s baseball team broke in the new diamond with a home game victory. The Parchment News reported nearly six thousand attendees.

At its founding in 1933, Kindleberger Park featured walking paths, tennis and shuffleboard courts and a sunken garden. The park quickly became a central part of village life. Industrial- and city-league baseball games, the annual Fourth of July celebration and concerts by local
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bands drew large crowds. In winter, visitors ice-skated on flooded tennis courts and sledded down Scout Hill. By 1955 the park’s care had shifted from the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company to the City of Parchment. The community continued to hold new events here, fulfilling Jacob Kindleberger’s goal of benefitting “the future generations” through his park. Little League teams began using the ball diamonds in the mid-1950s. The annual Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts began in 1982, and in 2007 a new band shell was built on Scout Hill.
 
Erected 2019 by Michigan Historical Commission and the Michigan History Center. (Marker Number L2322.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1931.
 
Location. 42° 19.496′ N, 85° 34.14′ W. Marker is in Parchment, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. Marker is at the intersection of Maple Street and Park Drive, on the right when traveling north on Maple Street. The marker is located at the west end of Kindleberger Park across from the library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 122 North Riverview Drive, Kalamazoo MI 49004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Riverside Cemetery Veterans Memorial
Kindleberger Park Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, February 1, 2022
2. Kindleberger Park Marker Reverse
(approx. 1˝ miles away); White Eagle Society No. 2144 Polish National Alliance Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Revolutionary War Patriots (approx. 2.1 miles away); Robert L. Cook Veterans Memorial Plaza at Rose Park (approx. 2.1 miles away); Haymarket Historic District (approx. 2.3 miles away); Michigan State Grange / Women in the Michigan Grange (approx. 2.3 miles away); Button-Jannasch Building (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Peninsula Building (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
Kindleberger Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, February 1, 2022
3. Kindleberger Park Marker
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Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, February 1, 2022
4. Kindleberger Park
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Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, February 1, 2022
5. Stone Next To Michigan Marker
Kindleberger Park
Presented to Village of Parchment on January 10 - 1931
By Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Kindleberger
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 2, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 2, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 10, 2023