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Hubbard Park, Meriden

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Hubbard Park, located in the Hanging Hills of Connecticut, is a wooded, mountainous park located just outside the city center of Meriden, Connecticut. It comprises approximately 1800acre of carefully kept woodlands, streams, dramatic cliff faces, flower gardens, and the James Barry bandshell and picnic spots, as well as its showpiece, Mirror Lake. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Most of the land was given to the town by Walter Hubbard, president of the Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company. In his donation, the land was given outright, with the stipulation that everything connected with the park was to remain free of charge for the people of Meriden, and that no concessions for profit were ever allowed within the park area.
Hubbard spent a great deal of time and energy creating the park. He personally spent between $400,000 and $500,000 to clear land, build roads, and construct Mirror Lake with the help of Frederick Law Olmsted, who is best known for designing New York City's Central Park. Hubbard built a tower on East Peak, known as Castle Craig, to resemble the towers built by the Turks along the Danube River in the 12th century.
According to local folklore, Hubbard Park is said to be haunted by the ghostly presence of the Black Dog of the Hanging Hills (see Hanging Hills). Arrange to visit Hubbard Park and other attractions in Meriden using our Meriden trip planner.
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  • Hubbard Park is a nice place to relax on a bench and read or walk around the water. We did not hike up to the tower but could see it from the park. We stopped here on our way to another destination....  more
    Hubbard Park is a nice place to relax on a bench and read or walk around the water. We did not hike up to the tower but could see it from the park. We stopped here on our way to another destination....  more »
  • Hubbard Park is an amazing place to visit with many opportunities. Maybe you want to bring your kids to play on the playground full of many fun activities. Maybe your dog needs to enjoy the... 
    Hubbard Park is an amazing place to visit with many opportunities. Maybe you want to bring your kids to play on the playground full of many fun activities. Maybe your dog needs to enjoy the...  more »
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  • My kids & I love Hubbard park. We love feeding the geese & ducks, then spending time in the park, hoping the ice cream man comes! I've walked up to the castle, when I was younger, with the kids, I always drive up, trust me, its a long way up & even longer if you have to walk back down! But they views are breathtaking, definitely worth it.
  • It was a lot of fun. However, there should be better details with the maps. To give hikers a choice where to go and what scenery they would prefer to hike first or for the day. That's way i gave it 4 stars.

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