|Birdseye view in 1896|
December 1867 - John Coates created a skating rink in the park and describes it as the largest in the State.
|From Harold Zosel's book of postcards, 2010|
September 1888 - The City Council orders the street commissioner to construct a boulevard around Lake George. After numerous delays, the project is completed in the early 1900s.
|St Cloud plat map, 1896|
February 1926 - St. Cloud Ice Co., which had sold Lake George ice to St. Cloud residents for more than 25 years, sells 21 acres of Lake George to the City.
December 1926 - The City makes an agreement with the Minneapolis Dredging Co. to dredge Lake George. The company removed 215,000 cubic feet of mud and used it to fill in the north and south ends of the lake. The project cost the City $57,800. During the process, workers discover a huge granite ledge on the west side of the lake, which at its highest point is 9 feet from the surface.
September 1928 - workers completed the dredging of Lake George and turn an unattractive area into a municipal park and recreation area. A shallow 23-acre swamp became a 7-acre lake, 35 feet deep in spots.
|Lake George about 1900|
October 1928 - Citizens constructed a giant toboggan slide, 45 feet high and 200 feet long on the lake's southwest corner. Lake George became extremely popular for leisure skating, skating shows, sledding, and winter carnivals.
July 1947 - The St. Cloud Municipal Swimming Pool was dedicated. The pool was Minnesota's first outdoor Olympic-size pool and cost $170,000 to build. The dressing house is Georgian Revival style and was built during the Works Progress Administration. In the 1950s it was used by as many as 2,000 swimmers a day, 60,000 in the summer of 1955.
June 1969 - Area businesses, groups,and individuals started raising funds for a fountain in the middle of Lake George. The fountain was installed in 1973.
Note: Wow, someone wrote a whole article about the Lake and forget to mention the SWANS? They were the main feature about Lake George when I was a kid. (Ok, ok...I could go edit the article myself, right? ☺)
|Lake George in the distance, 1969|
September 2002 - The St. Cloud Municipal Swimming Pool closed because of declining attendance and the need to replace an expensive chlorine treatment system. (This is where most area kids learned to swim, including us) Brrr!
June 2007 - A new splash pad was installed to replace the swimming pool. Also, a public restroom and concession building, plaza, picnic areas and new playground area was completed to complement the historic character of the area.
May 2008 - The Lake George Community Center opens in Eastman Park. The community center is housed in the historic dressing house. The dressing house building was reused with a complete interior remodel. The historic character of the dressing house was preserved".
This is Lake George today. It's still used for skating in the winter, when the city plows and polishes a nice large rink.
Lake George originally was a swamp that drained to the Mississippi thru a ravine (top picture). All that's left of the ravine now is the last bit along Highbanks Place, north of the SCSU campus.
It's still a pretty place to be, with a well used asphalt walking path all the way around, too.
OMG, how St Cloud's changed, huh?
OMG, how St Cloud's changed, huh?