SPRINGER PARK

Corner of S. Grace St. & W. Wall St.

Springer Park is a Memorial Tribute to Paul and Lucy Springer. Their homesite was located on the property and removed when the state widened the highway in 1996. Their daughter Carrie Birchfield created and maintains the park with the help of many friends and neighbors. This is a relaxation park as their are no facilitities available with the exception of a few picnic tables. Also located on the west end of the park next to The Paradise Tree you will find a replica log trading post built by Ronnie Vance and Mike Rutherford. During winter months, the dike on the west end of the park is a popular snow sledding spot for kids of all ages.
PARADISE TREE

Located in Springer Park on S. Evening Shade St.

The Paradise Tree was the first tree planted in Oklahoma. The trees were planted by Auguste Pierre Chouteau, son of Major Jean Pierre Chouteau who founded Salina in 1796, The Paradise trees along with other shrubs were imported from France around 1822 to landscape the luxurious two story log home “ La Grande Saline” that Chouteau built at the site of the Trading Post near present day Salina. The site of the original Trading Post, just south of the bridge on Hwy 20 East coming into Salina, is under water due to the construction of Lake Hudson in 1964.