Manhattan Rededicates Downtown Park

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Manhattan city officials and residents gathered Thursday afternoon to celebrate the revitalization of a downtown park.

The ceremony recognized the history of Long’s Park, which was named for Archie W. Long who owned Long Oil Company and operated a filling station in the park.

The event also recognized recently completed improvements, including renovations to the picnic shelter and the installation of new playground surfacing material.

"Historic preservation I think is very, very important," said Historian David Dary. "History is our past, and we must know our past if we are to know our future. And this park and this facility is just an example of what has happened in the past, what still exists, and what the future can be if we give it time."

A sign was also unveiled, detailing the history of Long’s Park and Archie W. Long’s contributions to the Manhattan community.

Work was completed this spring, and the park re-opened to full public use in April.