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Prescott in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

City Park and Ballfield

 
 
City Park and Ballfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Cavinato, July 27, 2009
1. City Park and Ballfield Marker
Inscription. Since 1908, the area of Prescott now known as Ken Lindley Field has been used as a public park and ballfield. The land was deeded to the City of Prescott by Charles T. and Ada M. Joslin in 1922. As Mrs. Joslin requested, the City later donated part of the land to the Smoki People for their museum and pueblo and to the Arizona National Guard for the Armory, now the Prescott Activity Center.

In 1931, during the Great Depression, the grandstand was constructed as a City public works project on the northeast corner of Gurley and Washington Streets. The grandstand is constructed of cast concrete in a vernacular style with a slight Art Deco influence. In 1934 the area surrounding the baseball field was defined for the construction of bleachers and tennis courts. These were constructed of native stone as a Civil Works Administration project along with the Smoki Museum and the wall around Citizens Cemetery.

City Park and Ballfield was renamed "Ken Lindley Field" in 1971 in memory of Prescott's Chief of Police who coached and managed youth baseball in Prescott from the 1950s until his death in 1971. Generations of Prescott youth grew up playing sports at City Park. Although the field and the City Park facilities have been heavily used over the years, in 1998 and 1999 the City of Prescott restored the unused grandstand for modern use and constructed a snack bar and dining area in the inside curve of the building facing the field. This adaptive use project will allow the facility to continue to be an important part of the
Street View of City Park and Ballfield image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Cavinato, July 27, 2009
2. Street View of City Park and Ballfield
Marker is located to the left of the entrance gate.
park in the future. The park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected by The City of Prescott.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 34° 32.522′ N, 112° 27.623′ W. Marker is in Prescott, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is at the intersection of Gurley Street (Arizona Route 89) and Washington Street., on the right on Gurley Street. Touch for map. Northeast corner of Gurley Street. (Arizona Route. 89) and Washington Street. Marker is in this post office area: Prescott AZ 86301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grace M. Sparkes (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prescott National Guard Armory (about 600 feet away); VFW Bucky O'Neill Post No. 541 (about 700 feet away); Citizens Cemetery (approx. mile away); Washington School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the O'Neill/Munds House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Prescott High School and the Yavapai Club (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Day Octagon (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prescott.
 
Also see . . .  City of Prescott. Information regarding Ken Lindley Field. (Submitted on July 28, 2009.) 
 
Additional keywords. baseball, playing fields
 
Categories. Notable PlacesSports
 
City Park and Ballfield National Register Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Cavinato, July 27, 2009
3. City Park and Ballfield National Register Plaque
Marker is located to the right of the entrance gate.
City Park and Ballfield image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, January 3, 2011
4. City Park and Ballfield
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona. This page has been viewed 981 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona.   4. submitted on March 1, 2011, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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