The history of Crowder Park can be traced back to 1914 with the birth of Doris Pierce Crowder. The late Mrs. Crowder donated the 33 acres of land that was used as the site for Crowder Park. Below is an outline of the major events leading up to the Crowder Park you can visit today.
Outline of Major Events
September 22, 1992
Mrs. Doris Pierce Crowder donates 33 acres of land to the county with the stipulation that it be used for public recreation.
Wake County approves $1.9 million from the 1992 Parks Bond Referendum to build Crowder Park, in honor of Mrs. Crowder's generous donation. Nearly $250,000 is spent reconstructing Crowder Pond based on Mrs. Crowder's childhood memories of the area.
September 5, 1996
In the wake of Hurricane Fran, almost 50% of the trees on park land are uprooted. Crowder Park sustained the worst damage from Fran in the county.
June 6, 1998
Crowder Park opens its gates. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is held, and Mrs. Crowder is the guest of honor.
Crowder Park reaches 7,000 citizens of all ages through environmental education and outreach programs.
Crowder Park Today
Crowder Park has been in operation since 1998. Since its opening, the park has served as a public recreation area and environmental education facility for more than 200,000 community members annually.
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