Home Of The Fairbury Disc Golf Course
In 1920, the city purchased a block and a half of ground between
12th & 13th streets from J to the alley between H and I streets
to be used for a park. Known as Highland Park, it furnished a playground
for children and a picnic spot.
In 1933, W.F. Cramb was chairman of the Park Board. Highland Park,
as well as the city park and Crystal Springs, was included in various
WPA projects. Cramb drew the plans for the Boy Scout cabin (which
still stands) in the park and oversaw the construction of the outdoor
sanctuary to be used for religious meetings.
The sanctuary was
formed by placing rocks as seats at intervals in the banks of the
sloping sides of the draw which runs through the park, forming
a natural amphitheater, semicircular in shape, with a little stone
alter placed at the bottom of the draw and directly in front of
these seats. A novel fountain resembling a totem pole and a large
stone shelter house were all projects undertaken.
Mrs. Sylvia McNish, who died in October 1935, bequeathed some
lots to the city to be used for a children's playground and for
park purposes; also a cash bequest was made. On June 8, 1941, the
park was dedicated. The name of Highland Park was changed to McNish
Park, and a perpetual flower bed was placed at the east side of
the park in memory of Mr. and Mrs. McNish.
Most of the original structures remain today making the park an
outdoor sanctuary. A disc golf course and playground equipment,
along with many beautiful trees and flowing water make this park
one of Fairbury's finest.