Springbrook - Playland Park

Playland Park. -Center for History collection-

Left: Springbrook Park, circa 1915.

Springbrook was located at 1902 Lincolnway East (Lincolnway and Ironwood). Earl J. Redden purchased the park and held a contest to rename the park. The winner coined the name Playland Park. Playland was also the site of an amusement park.


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Over the years Playland was used for various types of entertainment. On June 20, 1951, a stock car race was held at Playland Park Speedway. The NASCAR race, was 100 miles. Nineteen cars started the race and Tim Flock, of Atlanta Georgia, driving a 1951 Hudson won the race. It was never held again. This park was home of South Bend baseball from 1896 until the 1950s. Numerous semi-pro and some professional teams called this park home. The first baseball game was played June 14, 1896 and on August 28, 1904 a game was played at Springbrook under portable lights.

Horse racing at Playland Park.


Playland Park looks a whole lot different today. From businesses like Walgreen's to apartment housing for IUSB student. The remnants of the concrete bleachers remain.






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