1920s - 1930s


2 WWI Cannons were donated by the U.S. Government in June.
  • Located west of the playground.
  • Mayor Chas. H. Greene and Commissioners noted on plaques.


Beacon article announced: George F. Moses, 70, who during 15 years as Superintendent of Phillips Park, developed it into one of the most beautiful spots in this section, died at his home at 5:20 o'clock last night. He was ill for several months, but it was only a couple of weeks ago that his condition became serious. Mr. Moses had been a resident of Aurora since 1893. Burial was in Riverside cemetery.


The water tower was constructed on Hill Avenue.


Phillips Park consisted of 200 acres.


Beacon article dated September 2, 1938 noted that the Junior Drum Corps would give exhibitions at Phillips Park following the ballgames on Sunday and Monday, during Labor Day weekend.


Beacon article dated September 2, 1938 titled "Begin Work on Park Project Next Tuesday" indicated the golf course would close the following Tuesday for complete rebuilding of the municipal links, as part of a $200,000 Works Progress Administration (WPA) project that would employ 200 individuals. Tees, greens, bunkers and traps would be completely redesigned and rebuilt, with the addition of landscaping to make the picture complete. Plans for the project were prepared by City Engineer Harold M. Achim, and Superintendent of Parks Richard E Dobbins, and would be under the direction of Mayor Harry B. Warner.

Other park improvements included a large parking lot with lights that would accommodate several hundred automobiles, on the site of the old buffalo pens, west of the ball diamond and near the red brick barn and tool house. New tennis courts, horse shoe courts and other recreational facilities will be constructed, water and sewer mains will be laid and trees and shrubs will be planted. The project will also take care of numerous improvements to Garfield Park and will employ 200 men over the period of one year.


Beacon article dated September 11, 1938 titled "Start 200 Men Tomorrow On Park Project," explained how the WPA improvement project was going to spend the $189,000 allotted for the project by both the government and the city. It also noted that park employees tore down the old golf course the week prior.


Construction projects were to have been completed on the twelve tennis courts, horseshoe courts, a formal garden, fireplaces and the parking lot across from the garden. The 1 year WPA Project that started on September 12, 1938 and employed 200 workers, according to Beacon article dated September 11, 1938. In addition, City water was to be run to park, sewers added, zoo cages rebuilt, the carpenter's shop remodeled, the pavilion demolished and the golf course to be rebuilt. In a separate project, a new pavilion was to be built prior to spring 1939.