Shaped like a huge, upside-down soup bowl and bordered by Nevada Way, Colorado Street, and Utah Street, Wilbur Square Park is one of the oldest, largest, and most popular parks in Boulder City, Nevada. Originally named Government Park, it was established in the 1930s in conjunction with the Boulder (Hoover) Dam project as a recreational facility for construction workers and their families. Its green lawns have hosted civic events ranging from Easter Egg hunts and May Day celebrations to auto shows and food festivals.
Today, Wilbur Square Park is best known as the primary venue for Boulder City's annual "Art in the Park'' festival, one of the world's largest outdoor art fairs. Since 1963, it has grown by leaps and bounds, now attracting 100,000+ visitors and raising charitable donations of $200,000 each year. The two-day October event is free to the public.
Another well attended event here is the Chamber of Commerce sponsored "Spring Jamboree,'' held the first weekend in May each year. It features crafts, quilt displays, a dog show, kids' games, food, drinks, and entertainment, as well as booths showing the goods and services of local businesses.
Wilbur Square Park is directly across the street from another popular gathering place, 7-acre Bicentennial Park. The entire area of shady lawns and pathways is available for picnics, quiet strolls, and relaxing escapes 365 days a year.
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