210 Diamondville Ave.
Diamondville Municipal Park was first established on February 15, 1943. It began as a local Home Economics Club project. At the time, it was located in a different section of town than today's park.
Mrs. Andrew Horsburgh, the club's secretary, reported in the minutes of their meeting in the 1920s that Diamondville Coal & Coke Company had given them permission to place playground equipment on that property. It began with simple playground equipment, one set of swings, one slide, a handle bar merry-go-round, and a set of monkey bars.
In January of 1964, the two remaining members of the club asked the Town of Diamondville to remove the equipment from that original location and place it in the Diamondville Municipal Park as a gift from their club.
What was once a small children’s park has become a park of many uses. The park is nearly a whole block in size and contains various components, including a ballpark, tennis courts, a basketball court, a set of horseshoe pits, an outside volleyball court, a large pavilion with picnic tables and barbecue grills, a stage, playground equipment, a skate park, and a dirt bike park.
Miners Memorial Park was built totally by donations and volunteer labor. It was established to honor the coal miners of south Lincoln County,
On display in the park is Diamondville’s only memorial statue.
The park was dedicated on June 1, 1990 with Wyoming’s governor, Mike Sullivan, and the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) president, Cecil Roberts, cutting the ribbon. The dedication coincided with the 100th year commemorations for both Wyoming and the UMWA. The dedication proclamation read as follows:
"WHEREAS, in 1868 coal was discovered on the hillside, across the Hams Fork River, from the present site of the Town of Diamondville; and WHEREAS, Diamondville’s name was derived from the quality of the coal mined here, as it seemed to resemble black diamonds and was of a superior grade; and WHEREAS, the Miners Memorial Park was built to honor the coal miners of South Lincoln County; past, present and future; the men and women who created a unique way of life in our country; the many who gave their lives in the mines."
Black Diamond Park began with a need to clean up a piece of property on a steep hillside that abuts the main highway through Diamondville.
The Town of Diamondville purchased the property to facilitate the clean-up. A talented member of the town maintenance, street, and parks department, Leonard Winegar, came up with an idea to clean it up and then landscape it. His concept was to place the town logo, a big diamond, on the top, and then rock the slope to beautify the area. Tragically, he died shortly after his design was approved.
It took over eleven years to reach completion. Unable to start the project due to lack of money and help, the mayor who bought into the idea submitted a grant application to the Wyoming Highway Department for the landscaping, which was approved.
A new mayor and council were elected, and the project was completed within two years. It has the logo on the top with rocked slopes has grass, trees, and log fenced area at the bottom that has a large covered bench for resting or relaxing.
This park was dedicated in honor of Leonard Winegar and Mayor Marietta Twitchell on November 2003.
In order for the community to feel part of the process, naming the park was made into a contest where many entries were judged by the mayor and town council. Because his entry underscores the importance of the coal industry to our community’s culture and economy, Lance Hatch’s entry, Black Diamond, won the contest, and he was duly awarded a Diamondville town sweatshirt for his efforts.
Hillcrest Park was established in 1980 in response to a local ordinance that states, “Whenever a new subdivision is acquired, the owners of said subdivision must designate an area called open space."
The town then set to work to make this open area into a small children’s park that the families in the area could enjoy. Over time, and as funds became available, the town has added pieces of equipment to the park.
Somewhere around 2003 Susan Hunzie offered the idea of making a public fishing pond from the old sewer pond that had not been used for many years.
Teaming up with Supervisor of the Daniel Fish Hatchery, George Gunn, He took water samples, checked habitat quality and water supply, and even managed to find a fish for necropsy.
Gunn determined the pond would support fish and agreed to stock the pond. The first stocking was done around 2007 and has been done yearly ever since. The last stocking was on June 19, 2019, and consisted of 210 Snake River Cutthroat trout.
Small improvements are currently being worked towards with grants and community input.
P.O. Box 281
Diamondville, WY 83116
Copyright © 2019 Town of Diamondville - All Rights Reserved.