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Hubbard Park, Meriden

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Hubbard Park, located in the Hanging Hills of Connecticut, is a wooded, mountainous park located just north of downtown urban Meriden, Connecticut. It comprises approximately 1800acre of carefully kept woodlands, streams, dramatic cliff faces, flower gardens, and the James Barry bandshell and picnic spots, as well as its showpiece, Mirror Lake. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.HistoryMost of the land was given to the town by Walter Hubbard, president of the Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company. In his donation, the land was given outright, with the stipulation that everything connected with the park was to remain free of charge for the people of Meriden, and that no concessions for profit were ever allowed within the park area.Hubbard spent a great deal of time and energy creating the park. He personally spent between $400,000 and $500,000 to clear land, build roads, and construct Mirror Lake with the help of Frederick Law Olmsted, who is best known for designing New York's Central Park. Hubbard built a tower on East Peak, known as Castle Craig, to resemble the towers built by the Turks along the Danube River in the 12th century.According to local folklore, Hubbard Park is said to be haunted by the ghostly presence of the Black Dog of the Hanging Hills (see Hanging Hills).
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  • A very nice park with a number of walking trails, playground, and facilities. Plenty of parking. Lots of ducks and birds. Visit in April for the daffodils - there is an annual daffodil festival held a...  more »
  • Hubbard Park is a great spot to walk, hike, ride a bike, or picnic. Already the daffodils are blooming for the 39th Annual Daffodil Festival. This is one of the top events in the area and if you have ...  more »
  • If you're ever in the greater Meriden area and find yourself with time on your hands might I suggest that you find your way to one of the Connecticut's premier parks. From the reflecting pond with its...  more »