FREEPORT (WREX) — If you're looking for someplace new to explore, a park in Freeport has endless opportunities. It's been marveled at and celebrated by professionals in parks and recreation and visitors for more than a century.
Krape Park checks off all the boxes and then some with its waterfall, duck pond, mini-golf course, play grounds, paddle boats, carousel and so much more. All of these different recreational opportunities come with the same opportunity to explore and grow.
"Krape Park is one of the largest parks in our system at 120 acres and is also one of the original parks of the Freeport Park District (FPD) system," said FPD Executive Director Ron Schneider.
"Residents of Freeport are the most proud of, when they talk about where they are from, is the park system specifically Krape Park," said Greater Freeport Partnership Brand Director Nicole Haas.
In 1912, the Freeport Park District purchased the hidden land for just $29,000 from Dr. W. W. Krape, a Freeport Dentist. Krape requested the land to be named Krape Park and used for outdoor park activities.
"An opportunity to protect the natural formations: the beauty within the park including the creek, the limestone bluff area," said Schneider. "From that, investments were made by adding a 40-foot waterfall off of one of the limestone bluffs, putting a dam in Yellow Creek that provided the opportunity for boating and fishing."
These amenities, not easily found in backyards, are exactly why families travel near and far every year. This has in turn awarded the tourist attraction with the "Outstanding Multi-Use Facility" award from the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association.
"I think play is very important to individuals of all ages because it stimulates the mind and body; it boosts creativity, improves relationships, helps you connect with others," said Schneider.
“It’s interesting to see how the memories that I have are now recreated with my kids," said Haas.
Krape Park will gift you the experiences to create memories at any age and in many places.
“There's always something happening at Krape Park that will spark an interest," said Haas.
The name Krape Park is unique. It's a palindrome which means it is spelled and sounds the same frontward and backward. Krape Park also has concerts at its Koenig Amphitheater this weekend. Click here to learn more and click here to learn more about Freeport Park District.