Ice Skating at Snyder Park Circa 1958

I’ve heard many of stories about Snyder Park from several decades ago and one of the things that’s always interested me the most is the ice skating. Unfortunately no one skates there anymore during the winter and I’m not sure if it’s because ice skating is  forbidden no or if it’s because of the poor water quality due to the preponderance of waterfowl (it’s pretty bad…). I’ve always wondered what it was like to see people skating on the frozen lake. The International Hort Club Facebook fan page posted this video yesterday. It was so cool to see that and I’m glad there was someone who thought to bring a camera to the park to capture that. I think it’s important for people to see this so that we as a community can be inspired to turn Snyder Park into this type of place again.

Be sure to Like The International Hort Club on Facebook to see great posts on local history (a huge thanks to them for sharing this video). Have any stories from the historic Snyder Park? Please feel free to share by commenting below.

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4 thoughts on “Ice Skating at Snyder Park Circa 1958

  • March 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm
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    I’ve lived in Springfield my entire life, which will be 36 years this summer – my husband and I would love to see Springfield be what it used to be with all it’s beauty restored. I avoid Snyder Park due to the crime – but I remember playing there in the summer with my brothers after a visit to the Park Branch library. I would love to give my children those memories. Anyway I stumbled upon your blog as I’m trying to find information on the Lincoln Theatre of which the back side faces the Gammon House on Piqua Place and the front is on S. Center St.

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    • April 15, 2014 at 3:30 am
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      Hi, Sarah. Thank you so much for sharing. I wish I had more info on the Lincoln Theater. I’d love to come across a old picture of it.

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  • January 9, 2017 at 12:03 am
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    I am up for a visit and just asked mom if folks still skated down there. We used to skate when I was in HS back in the mid 70’s.

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    • October 4, 2017 at 5:27 am
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      I went to Snowhill Elementary and skated at Snyder Park in 1962 – 1963. Saw a kid fall through the ice down by a stone bridge (as I recall). I was only 7 or 8 at the time.

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