The City of Abilene Community Services department is happy to announce Downtown Abilene’s historic Vera Hall Minter Memorial Park is now open for the public to enjoy once again after the completion of a major reconstruction effort, made possible by several community members and organizations.
The newly renovated Minter Park now showcases what is currently the largest permanent outdoor water curtain of its kind in the United States. Other improvements to the park include a limestone backdrop for the water curtain, multiple handicap-accessible entrances and improved mobility through the park, a small stage, multi-purpose limestone pedestals that can be used as seats or small tables, cafe style tables, and grass areas for relaxing.
The site of Minter Park at the northeast corner of the intersection of North 2nd and Cypress Streets was originally home to the Fulwiler Livery Stable during Abilene’s pioneer days. The Queen Theater, designed by David S. Castle, was later built at the location, showing films from 1916 to 1966. The theater was torn down in 1974 to make way for the downtown park, dedicated to Vera Hall Minter in honor of her many years of community service throughout Abilene. Designed by architect James Tittle, the park was originally built with $35,000 in donations from approximately 4,000 Abilenians, and opened April 4, 1976. The July 7, 2020 reopening of Minter Park marks what would have been Mrs. Minter’s 111th birthday.