Bounded by N. River Rd., Park Ave., and Merrimack River
Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, 03104
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Stark Park is a city park located on the north side of Manchester, New Hampshire. It is a 30-acre parcel of land which was once part of the larger farm property of American Revolutionary War hero John Stark.
The centerpieces of the park are the Stark Burial Ground, where Stark and some of his family are interred, and the 1948 bronze equestrian statue of Stark made by sculptor Richard Henry Recchia. The park was formally opened in 1893, making it one of the city's oldest parks (only Derryfield Park is older). It was originally designed as a typical Victorian-era park, with winding lanes, and a mix of woodlands, lawns, and gardens.
John Stark was buried here after his death in 1822, and the family erected a memorial obelisk in 1829. Stark's great-grandchildren deeded a two-acre area surrounding the family cemetery to the city in 1876. Public interest for a larger park memorializing Stark took place in the 1880s, and the family gave another 28 acres to the city in 1891.
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