125 years later, local officials continue to remember Everett Barney and his land gift to the city of Springfield.
Barney donated 178 acres of land to the park in 1890.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno honored area businesses that have contributed both to Forest Park and Bright Nights.
Each year, a wreath is placed at the Barney Mausoleum to honor the many community partners who have been a helping hand in the beautification of Springfield.
"They saw the need in what parks can do for the urban living and they felt that the city of Springfield needed parks throughout the city. For people to have an escape in the day to day life," said Patrick Sullivan, Executive Director of Springfield Department of Parks.
Sullivan says he cannot imagine the city without Forest Park. About $1 million has been invested into Forest Park and an additional $10 million has been raised through grants and private donations.
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