In 1906 William Irvine had a dream. The dream was to establish a reserve that would enhance and protect the Chippewa Valley environment. The park has grown through the years with the help of many generous residents. Mr. Irvine left the land and trust to the City of Chippewa Falls, and the city was to use the interest for the upkeep of the park, and no one was allowed to sell any goods for profit in the park. He didn’t want the park to become a Disney World. He wanted everyone to enjoy the beauty of the park without money being a barrier to access. Year-round, with no admission fee, you can enjoy over 318 serene acres of land, a bandshell, preserved schoolhouse and log cabin, a zoo, a petting zoo, hiking trails, and Glen Loch Dam overlook. You can enjoy the famous Christmas Village open Thanksgiving Day to New Years Day with over 75,000 lights and 100 displays.
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