On March 20th, 1933, on the recommendation of Mayor Joe F. Swisher the Marshall City Council approved the purchase of 110 acres from Ralph H. and Juanita Beth Duggins for $5,000. The purchase of this land was not looked upon with much favor among the citizens of Marshall, as this land was commonly referred to as “goat hill”. Over the years an additional 215.4 acres have been purchased to make a total of 325.4 acres within the park system.
City Park was dedicated on July 4th, 1933. The celebration included baseball games, a public marriage, speeches by dignitaries, and a rodeo and concluded with a fireworks display. It was estimated that over 25,000 people attended the day’s activities.
On August 7th, 1933, Mayor Joe F. Swisher, with the approval of the City Council appointed the first Board that included: Wm. T. Bellamy, Mary Fisher, P.J. Cole, Mrs. E.A. Fake, I.N. Evrard, Imanuel Wittrup, Mrs. George Hatton, Sr., Ben F. Hatcher and R.P. McElwain.
Turley Rumans January 3, 1938 – December 31, 1941
Frank Evans January 1, 1942 – May 31, 1943
W.H. Lyons June 1, 1943 – July 27, 1963
C. Edwin Brown August 8, 1963 – December 31, 1974
Dan Rippel January 1, 1975 – August 15, 1975
William Johnson September 1, 1975 – August 1, 1977
J. Marvin Sprigg September 14, 1977 – September 1, 1979
George Brown October 15, 1979 – October 17, 1986
Jack Harvey November 1, 1986 – September 30, 2001
Mel Smith December 15, 2001 – March 15, 2004
Jeff Stubblefield July 1, 2004 – Present
From the time of the purchase of the Park, April 3rd, 1933, until September 3rd, 1934, the Park was known merely as the City Park. September 3rd, 1934, the City Council with the approval of the Park Board named this area Indian Foothills Park. The name seems quite appropriate in as much as some think the hills might be Indian mounds.
The City Council called a Special Election to vote on a $30,000 bond issue for the construction of a Municipal Swimming Pool at the Park. The bond issue was not passed at this time.
Another special eclection was called by the City Council for the purpose of issuing bonds in the amount of $30,000, for the construction of said swimming pool. The bond was passed.
Bonds were sold and R.N. Perkins of Omaha, Nebraska, was employed as the architect for the swimming pool. Mr. Perkins recommended that the swimming pool be located in the south part of the park, north of the ball diamond.
Volney Ashford was appointed manager of the swimming pool.
This is a children's play area named after Travis Guthrey, a school teacher who was very fond of children. In 1940 Travis Guthrey passed away and left some money to the park to be spent on a playground. This amount didn't cover all the cost of the playground, but it set the ball in motion for building a play area. The original play area included: Slides, swings of all kinds, ocean wave, trapeze bars, jungle gym, chinning bars, fire chief, tilt-a-whirl, kiddie cars, sand boxes, swinging gate, rolling-log, see-saws, merry-go-round, spring horses, and many other things. Since this time Guthrey Play area has had a make-over, the play area was redone in 2008. It now includes a giant web, a rock to climb, swings, slides, and many other things.
October 28, 2006, Marshall Skate Park completed and Grand Opening, 24,000 concrete skate park designed by local skaters Nic Restitudo and Brandon Eades and concrete work led by George McComas - $160,000 park improvement fund
1990, 2 courts built by park staff - $2,500, ½ park funds and ½ donated by Marshall Rotary Club
2001, 2 courts moved to current location
For those who like competition there is the Pocahontas Club for the women. They meet and play their matches each Tuesday morning. They have their social get togethers, and they have an individual tournament as well as their own city tournament. For the men there is the Tomahawk Club.
The pro shop is operated in conjunction with the golf course. Here one may obtain everything that is needed for the game of golf.