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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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  • This park has been a popular hangout for area residents for many years. The open green areas are often used for picnics... and animals are allowed. The pond area provides many different views of the s...  more »
  • The park is always clean and well taken care of the Christmas lights are always beautiful as well as the Fantastic daffodils during daffodil Festival time the park recently got a new larger playground...  more »
  • Check out the castle when the road is open. Very cool and a unique drive for central CT. The park offers lots of diversions from feeding the ducks to hiking the trails to just strolling on the pavemen...  more »