Springbrook - Playland Park

Left: Springbrook Park, circa 1915.

Springbrook was located at 1902 Lincolnway East (Lincolnway and Ironwood). Earl J. Redden purchsed 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.

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.

Playland Park as it looks today. Not sure when this photo was taken. Today, Don Meadow Pontiac occupies the corner of Lincolnway and Ironwood Drive.





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