Does Stoughton need a park? Ought it to indulge in the luxury in view of its present financial condition?
... at the present time there is not a foot of unappropriated ground within the confines of the city for another to take. We have 5,000 people, 4,200 of whom are without their chunk of land. There is none left for them unless we buy a spot, where they may go without special permit or license. Sociability, the opportunity to meet and chat amid pleasant surroundings, to picnic and dine together, are conductive to good citizenship ... In a public park we touch elbows, mix, fraternize and become acquainted. There we can hold fairs and exhibitions, patriotic doings and civic entertainments; there children may romp and frolic without trespassing upon any manís land, for it will be no manís land, and every manís land.