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The 1918 map shows Central High
School where Central Park would be built in 1928.
City or Central Park in Niles was located on
the site of the old Central School on the corners of State Street
and Church Street. The Park was dedicated October 1928.
The pool was 50 foot in diameter and 14 inches
deep in the center. The pavilion, named the Thomas Pavilion
was a gift to the City of Niles by Margaretta Clingan
and Mary Ann Waddell. In the middle of the wading pool
was the "Spirit of Education" fountain donated by Mrs.
T.E. Thomas. Daughters of Veterans
furnished the flag pole. Several trees were donated, ncluding
one Silver Maple from Elizabeth Russell in honor of her
husband who was killed during WWI.
Through the years many people enjoyed the free
band concerts and the children, under the age of eight, played
in the wading pool. Rotary, Kiwanis and Exchange Clubs each donated
a bed of flowers to add to the beauty of the landscape.
Frank C. Robbins, the first graduate
of Central School in 1875, spoke at the dedication of Central
The park is gone and in its place is the Central
Park Apartments for the elderly.
Aerial picture of Central Park
The back of the bandshell faces the Mosquito Creek with the Thomas
Steel Company across the creek as shown in the third image.
A photo of the band shell that was located in
Central Park on the grounds where the first brick schoolhouse
1931 picture of the Niles City Band in Central
Park in the Thomas Pavilion. Band directed by Arnold Campana.
View of fountain in Central Park.
The wading pool has been filled in with plantings.
Urban Area Neighbor Developement
Program (from Central Park, looking south along East State)
Dated June 11, 1972. Note Shaker Building on upper left. PO1.185
Photo of sidewalks and Central
Park. The fountain is barely visible through the trees on the
upper right. PO1.186
Central High School - Between
1854 and 1870 the population of Niles had mushroomed from 1000
to 3000 people. The need for better educational facilities resulted
in the building of the city's first high school. Its construction
began in 1870 and it opened in May 1871, with six teachers,
including the principal. It was built at Furnace and Church
Streest. It was a red brick building with three stories and
a basement, and cost $37,980 PO1.1178
People on the way to a school
Note the wagon full of food and drink
This is not Central High
School in the background. PO1.1221
Central Park Apartments. In April
of 1970, clergy and laymen incorporated into the Niles Churches
for Housing, Inc. Nine area Catholic and Protestant churches
participated. This building was dedicated April 27, 1975. It
is located on the old Central School site. PO1.407