F.T. George Park
City of Echo
Bonanza and Dupont Streets
Info: (541) 376-8411
The 2006 America in Bloom (AIB) report states, "The community should recognize these parks' improvements are superior for any town in America, but more important in a city as small as Echo with a limited budget."
George Park is a small formal park located behind city hall at the corner of Bonanza and Dupont Streets. It is the site of many community events including the annual National Night Out gathering. A consultant with the Oregon Arts Council wrote that the diversity of trees and landscape in the George Park make it “a work of art” in and of itself. The park features a gazebo, rose garden, an abundance of trees, a pond and waterfall and picnic facilities. Restroom facilities are available when the park is rented.
The gazebo is a Craftsman-style designed by City Administrator, Diane Berry and constructed by Gene Berry with assistance of other volunteers. All labor was donated and a state parks grant covered materials. As the result of memorials and donations, the water feature was added and dedicated in 2009 for Oregon’s 150th Birthday celebration project.
Information on reserving and renting the park or park benches, or making donations are available by calling city hall at (541) 376-8411.
George Park was established by Mr. & Mrs. F.T. George soon after the town was founded on the site of an old commercial building and lumber yard. The George’s owned the George and Miller Company Store across the street. Along with Mr. & Mrs. Frank Spinning, they packed buckets of water across the street to help the Black Locust trees that originally shaded the park get established.
While the land was used as a community park for generations, it was not formally donated to the city until the George’s daughter, Marian Berg, did so in 1966.
In 2007 AIB judges raved about the roses in the George Park.