Cornell Park was created in 1973 as part of a community effort to transform a vacant lot on Cornell avenue into a "vest pocket" park. That effort was made possible through the Open Lands Project. More recently, the Cornell Park Advisory Council was established by a number of residents to help revitalize the park. As part of this renewal the park was re-imagined into a nature-based play space for children in the area. This would include a nature-creation area where children can play with and experience items from nature. Furthermore, cleanup and landscaping of the park has included introducing native plants to the planting beds.