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Your first visit to Latham Park will enchant you ... believing that you have found the proverbial "Shangri-La." It is a privately-owned, beautiful, and peaceful retreat from the spin of your daily life.
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The park is located at 1915 S. Lemon St., in a traditional, residential area of the Morningside section of Sioux City, Iowa. Occupying almost a full acre of ground, it is home to an endless variety of flowering plants, warbling songbirds, a wonderful fountain, quiet sitting areas, and one or two friendly squirrels. We invite you to take a stroll through the park ..... feel your mind ease and your spirits soar. * For directions, please CLICK HERE *
You will find it to be the ideal setting for
a wedding, photo shoot, bridal / baby shower, or family reunion.
The Latham Park site was originally the home of Miss Clara Latham. Upon her death in 1937, the property passed into a charitable trust established for its perpetual maintenance. Her house still stands on the east edge of the park grounds. It, along with the beautiful gardens, is available for special occasion use by advance reservation.
Unfortunately, due to rising costs and dwindling trust assets, Latham Park's future has been in jeopardy. In 2003, a group of concerned citizens formed the "Friends of Latham Park Association." Members include historians, gardeners, community activists, and neighbors. Their aim is to replenish the endowment funds and preserve the park so that many more generations of Siouxlanders may come to know it.
We have set a goal of $750,000.00. < < < YES > > > It will require this amount of PRINCIPAL in order to generate an ANNUAL INCOME of $18,000 - $20,000 -- that being the current ANNUAL EXPENSES.
With this lofty goal in mind, a series of fund-raisers ensued. 2003 through 2005 included our first three "Art in the Park" festivals, the Homebuilders Association rebuilt the front porch of the house, and we restored the fountain with our first MRHD grant.
Highlights of subsequent years:
2006 through 2010 --
Historic Preservation Commission designation; three MRHD grants for outdoor lighting system, underground sprinkler system and kitchen update; grant from Siouxland Community Foundation for kitchen project; two Awesome Biker Nights awards; two Sioux City Leisure Services Grants for picnic table replacement; our first four July 4th pancake breakfasts; tuckpointing of the brick gazebo, replacement of the house windows, and rebuild of the back porch; and five more "Art in the Park" festivals
2011 through 2013 --
Plaster & lighting repairs to the house interior, purchase of new grounds equipment, three more Pancake Breakfasts, Mildred Anderson grant for the house main floor powder room renovation, musical concerts by the Langleys and the Siouxland Barbershop Chorus, decorative iron fence installed thanks to grant funding by the Gilchrist Foundation, and three more runs of "Art in the Park"
The weather was perfect on the 4th of July for our first fundraiser of the 2014 season; again with the help of Morningside Lodge #615 sponsorship, we held a successful event with almost 400 folks enjoying pancakes in the Park. The barbershop concert was well attended and donors to the Park and the Humane Society were generous. Morningside Lutheran Church sponsored a Neighborhood Night Out, featuring food & games for the neighborhood kids and their parents. The 12th annual Art in the Park was welcomed by a lovely weather day, enthusiastic shoppers, and more new artists. We concluded the season with our first ever "Latham Bark", which introduced the park to many newcomers, along with their four legged friends. It was great fun for all!
Fourth of July 2015 -- The 9th annual pancake breakfast, again sponsored by Morningside Lodge #615, brought 480 attendees to enjoy a beautiful morning and a delicious breakfast served up by John's Pancake Co. Morningside Lutheran Church again sponsored a Neighborhood Night Out, with food & games for all. Next came the annual Discovery Chorus Barbershop Concert, followed by our 13th Annual Art in the Park, both successful events. Winning artists were:
Susan McCulley - Best of Show
Michael Oliver - Award of Excellence
Marnae Wright - Award of Excellence
One fine young man, Jacob Mattoon, has earned his Eagle Scout badge by designing, funding and totally refurbishing our park's Secret Garden this spring. We applaud & congratulate him (even if he did have a little help from his dad). You didn't know we have a Secret Garden? Better take a look behind that wooden fence next time you enjoy the Park grounds!
And now we again have a beautiful American flag flying over the Park grounds, courtesy of Eastern Star, Morningside Rose Croix Chapter #502. They provided the pole, flag and complete installation!
If anyone has ideas for 2016 fundraisers or wants to sponsor a Park improvement project, please contact us. Our current priorities center on the Latham house -- rewiring, insulation and repainting the house exterior. Please stay tuned for other ongoing news!
The next "Friends" meeting will be held on
Thursday, 7 P.M., at the Latham House
If you have time and talent to lend to our cause,
we'd love to have you join us!
> > > The Park is currently closed for the season < < <
Valentine's Day -- Sunday, February 14th
The ALL AMERICA CONCERT BAND
presents a romantic concert at 2:30 P.M.,
in Morningside's Eppley Auditorium
for the benefit of the Park
~ ANNOUNCEMENT ~
The Friends of Latham Park sincerely thank the
for making Latham Park a beneficiary
of its 2013 grant program,
enabling us to install period fencing around the park
to enhance the aesthetics and security of the property
This project had been on our wish list for several years!
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Remember, the house is available for small group meetings
throughout the year.
To reserve the grounds or house for your event,
call Matt at 712-276-6016
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Fall 2015 -- Here's our newly installed flagpole & flag,
a wonderful addition to the Park
thanks to the Morningside Chapter Order of Eastern Star
You can follow the rest of our progress by clicking on the "Legacy" link below.
|To find out how you can help save the Park,
please visit our "LEGACY" page