In 1964, plans were approved for Maplewood Park, a
10-acre facility off Linden and Jersey. The project cost between $70,000 and
$80,000 and took several years to complete. It included an outhouse building,
multi-purpose area for basketball, shuffleboard, ice-skating and volleyball. In
1982, the park was renamed Underwood Park in honor of Robert C. Underwood, a
former Illinois Supreme Court Justice and active member in the Normal
community. In 2007, the Town purchased another 6 acres and expanded Underwood,
connecting it to Constitution Trail.
Town of Normal Parks & Recreation added educational signs about monarch butterflies and a photo-worthy set of butterfly wings to Underwood Park in addition to new birdhouses designed to attract birds to the
native habitat area. Read on...