Wellstone Park houses the second of two small lakes on the island, Broken Falls Lake. The body
of water is fed by springs that constantly burble out over the top of a rocky outcropping, and the
whole park has been constructed around it. After seeing the success of recreational park
designs in Chicago and New York in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the Wellstone City planning commission hired a relatively unknown park planner named Marc Oakschaft to plan the large
expanse of rolling hills. At the time, the park was built to keep the Warrens
blocked from view, and to help absorb some of the smoke and smells from the Battery, with
walls of trees and a giant grove encircling the entire park.
The park has several trails running around and through it, many of which converge and separate
several times through their winding paths. The wide gravel tracks are home to the Wellstone
City Marathon on Founder’s Day, May 18th. They were built with that purpose in mind, and there
is exactly 26 miles of trails that can be followed through all the twists and turns.
The park has a permanent carnival at the center, on the eastern bank of Broken Falls Lake. It
doesn’t have the draw of The Wellstone City Water Works or the Pirate’s Bay in the Harbor, but it
is still considered to be the third amusement park in the city. The park also contains the city zoo on the west side, and both the Cultural District and Wellstone Park claim possession of the impressive menagerie.