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Crown Heights Park

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If you look around this park and think that it reminds you of a golf course, you’re onto something. The land for this park was originally school lease land, but when the school land passed into private ownership, the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club landscaped one of the city’s first golf courses here. The clubhouse stood at NW 40 and Western and there were parts of three golf greens and tee boxes in the area of this park. When it was built in 1908, the club was considered very far from Downtown so members would ride the streetcar to the Belle Isle Station and waiting cars would whisk them over to the clubhouse.

Eventually the city grew to encompass the club and developers like G. A. Nichols had a strong desire to use the land for housing. In 1930, Nichols offered the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club an offer they couldn’t refuse. He offered to trade the club this land for land he owned far away from the city at NW 63 and Western where he was building an addition of country estates called Nichols Hills. He sweetened the deal by offering to build a large and magnificent clubhouse as well.

Nichols called this new neighborhood Crown Heights and he sold this land to city for use as a park in 1931.