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Quakertown Park: Mapping Past & Present

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The Quakertown Neighborhood, a thriving community at the turn of the 20th century, has a rich history of African American heritage. Today, Quakertown Park covers the area adjacent the Denton Civic Center, Civic Center Pool, and senior center, which continues to be a hub of activity. The park is host to KDB events including the Redbud Festival and the Great American Cleanup after-party as well as arts-centered Denton Arts & Jazz Festival and Denton Blues Festival.

Over the past 20+ years, KDB has planted numerous trees within Quakertown Park in celebration of National Arbor Day, contributing to the park’s abundant urban forest. More recently, the City of Denton Parks and Recreation Department has made major improvements to the park to beautify the historic space. It is truly a hidden gem in the middle of lil’ d!

Recently, Denton resident Mike Savage took a deep dive into finding out more about the history of the area. From a variety of sources, Mike has gathered information and created a map used by the Denton County Office of History & Culture during White Lilac tours. On his maps, homes and businesses of the Quakertown Neighborhood are presented with new park features such as picnic tables, historical markers, and public art.

We are excited to share Mike’s map as an opportunity to learn more about history while getting outside and enjoying one of Denton’s most beautiful public parks. Click the map below to open in a new screen.

Quakertown Park Map
Mike Savage, 2019

Source: Keep Denton Beautiful

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