Gar Park
Built - 1973

The city of Haverhill is one of the oldest communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and contains almost 36 square miles of area with rural agricultural areas to its historical industrial center. It became one of the leading shoe manufacturing centers for over 180 years until the severe depression of the 1930s. Haverhill has, however, made a tremendous comeback over the years and boasts seven industrial parks now along with a thriving business district.
Haverhill also has a wide array of active recreational activities such as a skiing area in the winter and four 18-hole golf courses, two horeseback riding academies, a skating rink and sailing programs. If you look in the right places, you will see a growing population of bald eagles who inhabit the banks of the Merrimack River.
In historic Gar Park, you may also catch one of the summer band concerts on the city's 30 + year old bandstand which came about in 1973 as part of an urban renewel program for that part of the city. The cost of the cement open-air bandstand was around $45,000.
No other information has been provided about the bandstand but surely, it has had an extensive period of use judging by its looks.

John Nazaretian, Director
Community Development

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