Welcome to Union’s Historic Park
The Historic Union City Park is located on the north side of Catherine Creek and west of Main Street. The Park is irregular in shape with landscaping, grass and trees.
The land for the Historic Park was donated by Samuel A. and Esther (McComas) Pursel to the city in 1917. After the donation tennis courts were built and overnight auto camping was allowed. A number of improvements have been made since then, a new play ground area, cooking facilities, walking path, restrooms, gazebo, memorials, basketball, and volleyball and horseshoe areas.
The Pursels had no children of their own but opened their spacious home several blocks northeast of her sister’s home (which is number 40 in the distinct) to several homeless adolescent girls. The Pursels fostered cultural and artistic activities through the Union Women’s Club and literary evenings, as well as contributing heavily to the formation of the new library operation.
A blacksmith shop stood on the site between the Library and Union Hotel and was in operation from the 1880’s through its demolition in 1910, to make way for the Cozy Theater. The Cozy Theater was a one-story brick structure, which served Union movie-goers from 1910 onward to 1960. This was the first structure east of the Cascades built precisely for moving pictures, as opposed to stage performances. The structure went through name changes of Cozy to Electric to Oasis, before becoming the Roxy. The Roxy was razed in 1976.
A significant aspect of the park is the memorial for those who died in various wars. Beautiful Catherine Creek creates the southern boundary of the park along the memorial. This creek provided power to early industry in Union. Today many visitors enjoy the peacefulness the creek brings to the park. The creek provides a great place to cool in the summer.
The park is available for everyday use and you’re invited to have events in the park. If you wish to use the park of an event please complete and turn a park use permit to City Hall. Park Use Permit
A special thank you to the Pursel Family for donating this wonderful gift to our community.
Union City Council wants you to enjoy the city park, but asks that you respect this wonderful local asset, thank you.