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Douglass Park

Douglass Park -- or formally Frederick Douglass Park -- in the southern part of Middletown is named in honor of Frederick Douglass (1817-1895), who became an abolitionist, journalist and orator after escaping slavery in 1838. The park along Verity Parkway has a swimming pool and picnic area, and is adjacent to a community center. George Crout said "it was acquired April 2, 1932, as a gift from Armco, containing 13.44 acres." Crout said "the depressed land areas along Verity in this vicinity are the remnants of the old ice ponds which provided icehouses with ice for summer distribution by way of the Miami-Erie Canal" (now Verity Parkway/Ohio 4).

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