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      400 S Fourth Street
      Garden City, KS 67846

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      In 1919, George Finnup donated 105 acres of land for a park in memory of his father, Frederick Finnup. Today the park offers a home to a zoo, historica... read more

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      In 1919, George Finnup donated 105 acres of land for a park in memory of his father, Frederick Finnup. Today the park offers a home to a zoo, historical museum and the public swimming pool.

      Lee Richardson Zoo
      The Zoo was established in 1927 with two skunks brought in by Lee Richardson, the Chief of Police and Park & Zoo Superintendent. Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo was founded in 1975 and provides a nonprofit membership-based branch to aid with zoo improvements. As one of the last free pedestrian zoos in the nation, Lee Richardson Zoo is open 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. April 1 through Labor Day and 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during the winter season. Lee Richardson Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and houses over 100 species and 300 animals.

      Finney County Historical Museum
      The Finney County Historical Society established the Historical Museum in 1963. It features permanent and revolving exhibits, community programs, educational tours, and extensive research facilities. The museum offers a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all ages. A visit provides a look into the spirit, both past and present, of Southwest Kansas. The museum grounds feature the Pleasant Valley One-Room Schoolhouse (c. 1890) and the Fulton House, the 1884 home of William D. and Luticia Fulton, plus charming flower and herb gardens. These buildings are available for scheduled tours. Operating hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday during the summer season (Memorial Day - Labor Day) and 1 - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday during the winter season. The museum is open 1 - 5 p.m. on Sundays.

      The Big Pool
      At 330-feet x 220-feet, The Pig Pool is larger than a football field with a surface area of 72,600 square feet. It holds 2.6 million gallons of water. The pool was originally the inspiration of Mayor H.O. Trinkle in 1921. Amidst concerns over the cost of the construction, the pool became a hometown project. Every citizen was encouraged to pledge labor, materials or money. The Big Pool was dug and concrete poured by the people of Garden City. At its dedication on July 18, 1922, a band played as hundreds of people hit the water in unison to inaugurate Garden City's first summer swim season. The Big Pool is open 1 - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 - 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday during the summer season (Memorial Day - Labor Day). Admission is $1 or free for children 5 years old and under.

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