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Central Park

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Central Park, originally known as Burgett Park, existed on Willand Pond, on the border of Dover and Somersworth. It was a popular spot that featured a bandstand and dance pavilion, an outdoor theatre, baseball diamond and a casino.

One of the great attractions of this road was Burgett Park, afterwards called Central Park which contained 26 1/4 acres of hill and dale,  woodlands and plain, bounded on the westerly by Willand Pond in the early days a fleet of boats were there, where parties could row or sail about the pond or they could charter a steam launch at very little expense.

The park had all the requirements of a first class picnic or excursion grounds, a large casino 50' x 150'two stories containing a large banquet hall and kitchens on the lower floor, a fine exhibition hall above for dances and entertainment. There was a 12 foot piazza on 3 sides of the casino, and open air theatre seating 1600 people,  penny arcade, flying horses, Japanese building, store, ball ground, 3 picnic grounds, lawn tennis ground, a baseball and football ground, a track for bicycle races, the grounds were lighted by electricity and furnished with seats, swings, picnic tables, ice water tanks were distributed over the grounds.
    From Robert Whitehouse's Dover History

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The Dover, Somersworth & Rochester Street Railway Depot

On a typical Saturday or Sunday, there were ten to twenty trolley cars at Central Park. After the demise of the Dover, Somersworth & Rochester Street Railway Central Park declined rapidly.


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