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Parks and Facilities Historical​ Guide



Dear Citizens of Moscow,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the City of Moscow’s Orchid Award winning Parks and Facilities Historic Guide. As you scroll through the various City parks, properties and facilities, you’ll be amazed at the rich history that has amassed through the years. It is our intention that this document never be fully completed, as we will continue to add new information as it is discovered and include future parks and facilities.


This Parks and Facilities Historic Guide, relies on citizen involvement. Each section contains a “comments” box so you can send information to help us continue enriching the guide. Anything you believe is historically significant that you’d like us to incorporate, we want it. You might also find some information we have that’s not as accurate as you remember it…we need that information too.


I’d like to acknowledge the college interns who since 2005 have researched various aspects of this project, using an assortment of official records and recollections of residents. We also had tremendous support from the Latah County Historical Society, Moscow Historic Preservation Commission, and staff expertise from the City’s Community Development and Engineering Departments.



I think you’ll find this to be a very interesting and relevant historic guide and I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy your new City of Moscow Parks and Facilities Guide.

Dwight Curtis, PhD, CPRP
Parks and Recreation Director


​The photos on this page are courtesy of Latah County Historical Society. Photo 1 – Scene in East City Park, c. 1915; Photo 2 – Easter Egg Hunt in East City Park, c. 1958; ​Photo 3 – May Day processional – Whitworth School, in East City Park, May 1, 1926; Photo 4 – Swim team posing at Ghormley Pool, c. 1960.


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