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Jul 02

The History of Wylie Park

Posted on July 2, 2015 at 2:23 PM by Sabrina Metz

If you have ever been to Aberdeen, or live in town, there is a good chance you have visited Wylie Park and its facilities. This 210 acre park is located just 1 mile north of town, and caters to the needs of citizens and tourists alike. You can enjoy Storybook Land & the Land of Oz, camping, horseshoes, go-karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, bike & skate rentals, picnicking, playgrounds, recreational trails, softball, swimming volleyball, and even a zoo. But how did Wylie come into fruition? Here's a little history on the park:

In 1910 the City of Aberdeen purchased land for Wylie Park, from A. N. Aldrich. Aldrich stipulated the park be named Wylie in honor of his father-in-law, James H. Wylie, an early pioneer of Aberdeen. The streetcar company contributed additional land for a lake supplied with water from an artesian well. The Wylie Park Pavilion was constructed in the park c.1912. While Aberdeen had streetcars, they ran continuously from town to Wylie Park on weekends and evenings. Among the park-bound passengers were young people ready to kick up their heels and dance to live music at the Pavilion. Public dances at the Pavilion remained popular from the time of its construction through the 1940s. Lawrence Welk was among the many entertainers who played the Pavilion. The Pavilion housed other activities such as political gatherings and club outings. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. (

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Jun 25

Independence Day Celebrations are plenty around Aberdeen, SD

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 3:11 PM by Sabrina Metz

Here in Aberdeen, we love celebrating the 4th of July. There are lakes to go boating on just minutes away from us, huge events planned for the weekend, and great firework displays throughout the northeast part of South Dakota. Don't have any ideas what to do yet? Come to the Aberdeen area where we have plenty of celebrations to keep you entertained. 

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Jun 08

Summer in Downtown Aberdeen, South Dakota!

Posted on June 8, 2015 at 9:47 AM by Sabrina Metz

Aberdeen is always full of great activities to partake in for the summer. We have Storybook Land and Wylie Park, two lakes within minutes of us, a great aquatic center, multiple parks, and miles of trail-ways. Throughout the summer you can attend concerts, festivals, and sporting events at various venues in town. But, what about our Main Street during the summer?

If you are not a regular to Downtown Aberdeen - this is the summer to start! They are jammed packed for things to do, and you won't want a to miss a moment of it!! 

Downtown Aberdeen

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