The history of Altrusa Park

In August 1981, club members began a long-term project to create a fitness trail with stops describing what exercises to do. The trail was set up in what was then called "Hillcrest Park" with the help of the City. We solicited input from doctors on the types of exercises, and members worked on constructing stations for the trail and setting them up. According to an article in the Daily Press, the trail was 1 1/2 miles long with 20 stations.

The grand opening was September 11, 1982. In 1985, a committee petitioned the City to rename the park as "Altrusa Park". A sign with the new name was erected, and Altrusa funded additional landscaping.

The exercise stations were removed in 1991 due to deterioration and liability issues. Altrusa of Montrose has continued to provide trees, benches, and playground equipment, plus plaques with names of plants and trees. Altrusans have also put in hundreds of volunteer hours grooming the flowerbeds in Altrusa Park.

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