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Property Name Roberts Park
Reference Number 13001074
State Indiana
County Fayette
Town Connersville
Street Address Park Road at 30th Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/15/2014
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, SOCIAL HISTORY, ENTERTAINMENT/RECREATION
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13001074.pdf
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Roberts Park, donated to the city of Connersville in 1902 and dedicated in 1903, is the site of Indiana's first free county fair. The district continues to host the Fayette County Free Fair, recently celebrating its 107th year. In an effort to enhance the use of the district as both a county fairgrounds and a public park, the Works Progress Administration completed several projects during the Great Depression. Projects included buildings, structures, and objects that remain intact today. The scale and breadth of the WPA improvements at Roberts Park rival those of the best examples of WPA-assisted town parks in Indiana. For these reasons, Roberts Park meets National Register Criterion A in the areas of social history and entertainment/recreation, and Criterion C in the area of architecture, both at a local level of significance. The park continues to offer free recreational opportunities to Connersville's citizens.

 

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