702 East 11th Street
The late Myra B. Hobbs, a resident of Lawrence, left in her will approximately $70,000 to the City of Lawrence. The money was to be used specifically to purchase land for the purpose of creating a city park.
In her will, Mrs. Hobbs directed the City of Lawrence to purchase land existing “east of Massachusetts Street at a location between 6th Street and 15th Street.” She also expressed the park should be named to honor her late husband, Earl Hobbs.
Hobbs Park lies where a City garage (a Quonset hut) once stood at 10th and Delaware Sts. The Quonset hut was converted into a neighborhood recreation center; until it was torn down to make park renovations from the bequest of Myra Hobbs.
Also included in the park is Municipal Stadium.
DESCRIPTION OF PARK
Hobbs Park is home to a softball field, also known as Municipal Stadium. In addition, a playground area is available for children, along with a picnic shelter and basketball court.
The Murphy-Bromelsick house, also known as the John Speer Farmstead Site, is located in Hobbs Park.
The amenities of the park include:
- Baseball/Softball Field
- Basketball Court
- Playground Equipment
- Historic Murphy-Bromelsick House
There is one shelter located in Hobbs Park.
The amenities of the shelter include:
- Barbeque Grill
- Picnic Tables (capacity: 40-50 people)
- Drinking Fountain
Reservations for outdoor shelters and indoor facilities are taken at any of the community recreation centers including the Community Building, 115 West 11th St.; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 East 15th St.; Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th St.; Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive and South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Massachusetts St.
See our shelter rentals page for more information on renting these facilities or call (785)832-7920.