The uninitiated might not realize that the park has another dimension, if you cross the river over a walking bridge that leads to the Aqua Gardens area. Here, a paved trail circles Shadyside Lake, which is a favorite fishing spot for many local anglers.
Tom Haston, who died in March at age 85, and other local investors developed Aqua Gardens in the early 1960s. It featured a beach, two fishing lakes and “even lessons for water skiing,” according to Haston’s obituary.
The city of Anderson eventually bought Aqua Gardens, adding yet another set of attractions to Shadyside Park.
After General Motors left town and then the recession hit, Anderson’s parks department budget became only a fraction of what it once was. And Shadyside, like other city parks, has not gotten the attention and improvements that it did in other eras.
Nevertheless, Shadyside remains a jewel of Anderson and a source of community fun and pride.
Editor Scott Underwood’s column appears Mondays. This is the final installment of the Green Spaces series. Search for other columns in the series at theheraldbulletin.com.
Labor Day Bash at Shadyside The City of Anderson will host its Labor Day Bash today at Shadyside Park. Music will be provided by the Toy Factory Band, 2-5 p.m.; DJ K9, 5 -7 p.m.; and Living Proof Band, 7-10 p.m. The public is invited to attend and bring grills, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks.