Since the park’s dedication on May 30, 1904, the deer have gone and the victory gardens have been uprooted. But the park still holds many fond memories for Sparks natives.
In 2002, residents gathered their memories of the park to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Deer Park pool. Les Ede of the Sparks Heritage museum recalled playing in the park as a kid and splashing in the pool’s cold waters.
“I remember taking swimming lessons at that pool,” Ede said. “It was not heated then so that thing was cold.”