Purcell Pride

Family Celebrates 60 Years Of Namesake City Park

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Posted: August 1, 2014

Purcell Park, the oldest park in Harrisonburg, turned 60 this year. The original park was purchased from Edward Sullivan Purcell in 1954 for $1 and expanded several times over the years. It now encompasses 67 acres with three ballfields, four tennis courts, two playground areas, three picnic shelters, several restrooms and a 1½ mile walking trail. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Relatives of Edward Sullivan Purcell (left to right), Mary Helen Purcell, L.J. Purcell and Patty Huffman, talk about the history of Purcell Park on Thursday afternoon in the park.

HARRISONBURG — What started out as a place for children of a Harrisonburg family to play has grown into a major recreational asset that’s been serving the community for six decades.

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