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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

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' in diameter. 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

Frank C. Robbins, the first graduate of Central School in 1875, spoke at the dedication of Central Park.

The park is gone and in its place is the Central Park Apartments for the elderly.


Aerial picture of Central Park in 1933.

Aerial picture of Central Park in 1933.
The back of the bandshell faces the Mosquito Creek with the Thomas Steel Company across the creek as shown in the third image. PO1.881

Program for dedication of Central Park

1931 picture of the Niles City Band in Central Park in the Thomas Pavilion.

A photo of the band shell that was located in Central Park on the grounds where the first brick schoolhouse was built.

1931 picture of the Niles City Band in Central Park in the Thomas Pavilion. Band directed by Arnold Campana. PO1.14


Photo taken of Central Park and buildings looking south on East State Street before urban renewal in downtown Niles.

Photo taken of Central Park and buildings looking south on East State Street before urban renewal in downtown Niles. Dated June 11, 1972 PO1.198

Urban Area Neighbor Developement Program (from Central Park, looking south along East State) Dated June 11, 1972.

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.

Photo of sidewalks and Central Park. The fountain is barely visible through the trees on the upper right. PO1.186


Central High School

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

School picnic outside Old Central School.

School picnic outside Old Central School. Note the wagon full of food and drink.

Central Park Apartments.

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.



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