The original Dennis the Menace Park opened in 1959. In April 2015, the renovation of the historical park began with a master planning effort PSC provided in conjunction with the City of Midland staff. After extensive site inventory, analysis, public meetings and a playground equipment audit, the park master plan and proposed budget were presented to the city council for future funding. Construction of the project began in January 2018. The park was reopened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in May 2019.

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The City of Midland Parks Department budget included sufficient funds to begin Phase 1 of the master-planned renovation, which included the park infrastructure. The elements included in the project were removing broken and dangerous play equipment, new accessible sidewalks, restrooms, lighting, new irrigation, grading and drainage, shade canopies, fencing and parking lot resurfacing.

Soon after beginning Phase 1, Midland City Council was also able to find additional funding to allow the second and then a third phase of the renovation to begin which includes four new themed playground areas and a splash pad.

The renovation included reincorporating or repurposing some of the original park’s features. The park’s signature lion fountain was restored and installed in the park, swing uprights were incorporated into the entry signage, and the “beloved” airplane play structure was relocated on a platform as a focal point for the entrance. Tom White, a Midland artist, was commissioned to create a bronze Dennis the Menace statue as a key feature of the Dennis the Menace Park.

Historical Dennis the Menace Park