May 1957: The Town hired its first recreation director, George A. Sperry.
Mr. Sperry formed a three-person committee to create the Recreation Department.
The Town Council purchased 20 acres of land to be developed as a park, later known as Fairview Park.
Later that year, a citizens group of 17 people known as the Normal Recreation Advisory Council formed and worked closely with the department. The Council passed an ordinance for the issuance of a swimming pool revenue bond in the amount of $110,000.
May 1985: The Town purchased the Fairview Park Pool slide from Rainbow Bend Waterslide Group.
The department began investigating the possibility of an off-road walking and biking trail.
1998: Ash Park was renamed David S. Anderson Park after the former Parks and Recreation Director and Town Manager.
|Parks and Recreation Directors||Years of Service|
|George A. Sperry||1957-1960|