Funds needed for restoration of Sayre’s historic park wall

   The City Park has long been a source of pride for the community of Sayre.  Added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 3, 2004, the park has provided a popular tourist stop for thousands of Rt. 66 travelers each year and a place for locals to enjoy countless recreational activities ranging from the annual fireworks display and rodeo events to little league practices too numerous to count.

   The significant structures in the park that contributed to the register listing date from a Works Progress Administration undertaking that was completed in 1940.  These include the bathhouse next to the swimming pool, the gazebo, pump house and the long rock wall bordering the roadway.  The recent floods to the area have wreaked havoc on the park, leaving much of it submerged, scoured and battered with debris and buried in silt.  A large portion of the rock wall was washed out but the other historical structures escaped major damage. 

   At the time of it’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places the National Park Service noted that the rock wall included pilasters on its east elevation for additional support in its retaining function.  The elegant red sandstone wall was designed with the same broken range work found in the other WPA buildings at the park, and also utilized some stone that is lighter in color, some which contain a band of red and a band of gray.  An attractive, durable, and impressive part of the Sayre City Park, the stone wall was a contributing feature for being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

   Aside from being the first feature that visitors to the park see, the wall serves as a retaining wall and a barrier on the west side of the park near the roadway.  Over 500 feet long, the wall is made of an enormous amount of dressed rock.  The height of the wall varied with the slope of the land, reaching a height of around 12 feet on its lower east aide at the south end and dropped gradually to the north.  The abundant rains and flooding washed out a large portion of the rock wall but much of the stone was salvaged and plans are to restore the wall to its former glory.

   Sayre City Manager Guy Hylton says it’s going to cost around $20,000 to restore the wall.  Hylton and City of Sayre staff have issued a plea for donations to fund the restoration.  “If we could get everyone to contribute just a little bit,” said City Clerk Jodi Garrison who is reaching out to citizens of Sayre for support.  “It...

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