ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – Dickson Azalea Park has a lot of history in the Orlando area – it was originally a watering hole for cattle herders, and officially became a City of Orlando park in 1924.
The land was donated by State Senator Walter Rose who had set the land aside to be enjoyed by the public. The park gets its current name from the azaleas that were planted in the area, and from Col. H. H. Dickson, an Orlando business pioneer and civil leader, who was instrumental in planting azaleas across the City.
One of the major highlights of the park is the Washington Street Bridge, a South Florida-style structure that was built in 1926. During the Great Depression, Dickson Azalea Park was the first location of a garden center for the Orlando Garden Club, and it was during this time that this group and other organizations kept the park beautiful through the Works Progress Administration.
The garden center was donated as a headquarters for the Red Cross Defense Unit for the duration of the war, an example of how the Garden Club was able to aid in the war effort. Although there have been many changes in the park over the years, efforts have always been made to maintain its historic background. In April of this year both the bridge and the park itself were presented with state historic markers, highlighting their importance in the community.
Dickson Azalea Park offers an oasis for those who want to enjoy its shady trees, picturesque landscape, beautiful birds and flowing water. Frequently a location for those who want a quiet lunch, a relaxing view or an intimate outdoor wedding, this park is truly one of Orlando’s gems.