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Improvements to Chinatown Historic Site in Coal Creek Historic Park now Complete

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The Village and its partners are excited to announce the completion of upgrades to the historic Chinatown site in Coal Creek Historic park. The improvements are intended to improve the visitor experience – for both tourists and local residents alike- and will better recognize the area for its important and fascinating history.

New park signs have been installed at the information kiosk at Jumbo’s Cabin historic site. The two new signs include information on how visitors can best enjoy the park while learning about the history of Chinatown and the broader area.Jumbo's Interp Signs (7)

  • The west facing side of the kiosk focuses on the entire Coal Creek Historic Park, and displays a park map (including the adjacent Cumberland Community Forest) and information on trails, natural history and the historic communities in the area.
  • The east facing side of the kiosk focuses on the history of the Chinatown that existed at the site from 1888 to 1968 and information is presented in a timeline format, including multiple historic photographs. The intention of the display is to improve the awareness of park visitors and recognize the Chinese community that lived in the area.

In the summer and fall of 2013 a walking tour was developed for the Chinatown area that guides visitors around the sites and stops at important landmarks in what was previously a bustling community.

In 2013 Village crews also made repairs to Jumbo’s Cabin to ensure that the only remaining building from Chinatown is preserved now and into the future.

The Village would like to thank the many individuals and community groups that supported the projects through volunteering their time and sharing resources. Specifically, the Village would like to thank the Coal Creek Historic Park Advisory Committee for their dedication, input and knowledge, as well as the Cumberland Museum and Archives for sharing information and photographs.

Planning is ongoing for multiple park enhancements in the Village throughout 2014, including the ongoing upgrades of park signage, including within Coal Creek Historic Park. These projects are meant to continue to bolster the credibility and awareness of Cumberland’s parks and trails, as well as improve the park experience for locals and visitors to Village.

View the walking tour brochure and find out more about Coal Creek Historic Park. For more information please contact Kevin McPhedran, Parks and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator.

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