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Frances Ann Dickinson donated Lucy Park to Wichita Falls in memory of her mother, Lucy O'Neill Saunders. Lucy Park opened in 1974.
Scroll down the following Facebook page link and you'll see a photo of a plaque in Lucy Park.
Wichita Falls History
During the course of my Googling and Binging trying to find out how Lucy Park came to be named I came across a good description of this particular park.....
Lucy Park is a 178 acre regional park located in the center of the city. The park is in a bend of the Wichita River which gives it a natural setting with huge pecans, cottonwoods, and numerous other species of native and introduced trees. For hiking and biking enthusiasts, there is a 1.7 mile concrete trail that circles the park. This is the west starting point for the Wichita River Trail System. A large pond area is dedicated to waterfowl, and ducks and geese can be found there year round. There are 2 large picnic shelters that can be reserved at no charge. The main shelter has 20 picnic tables and will seat approximately 120 people. The Lucyland shelter has 15 tables and will seat approximately 90 people. The park has a Log Cabin that can be reserved for parties and will accommodate 55 people. The park has 2 public restrooms, a large swimming pool, basketball goals, 18 hole disc golf course, 3 modular playgrounds, 2 sand volleyball courts and 1 concrete volleyball court. There are 5 smaller picnic shelters, 30 individual picnic tables, 34 barbeque grills, 4 drinking fountains, and 86 benches. The River Bend Nature Center utilizes 15 acres of the park along 3rd St. Other Lucy Park attractions include a swinging bridge across the Big Wichita River, and a scenic walk along the trail that leads to the Falls. The park is also host to the annual Falls Fest event the last weekend of September.
Any residents of Wichita Falls nearest big city neighbor reading this, how many things can you see in the Lucy Park description that you can't find in a Fort Worth city park? Does not such make you wonder why? As in why are the residents of Fort Worth so ill-served, park-wise?