Emma Young Park
Emma Young was a socialite married to WJ. Young, a Clinton lumber baron and industrialist, at the turn of twentieth century. With the funds from the Emma Young trust fund, park grounds and building materials were purchased. Emma Young Park is located at 11th Avenue North and 14th Street, Clinton, Iowa. The late Helen Thompson Ericksen, a lifelong Clinton resident and member of the Clinton Recreation Commission, donated a portion of her estate to establish a children's center. Her contributions provided the interior elements including the beautiful terrazo floors in the main entrance. In 1969, construction began on a 25,160 square foot building, which eventually was named the Ericksen Community Center. A formal dedication ceremony was conducted on Sunday, June 28, 1970. The Ericksen Community Center is located, at 1401 11th Avenue North, in Emma Young Park.
Clinton Parks and Recreation is planning a full overhaul to the Emma Young Pond later this Fall. The City of Clinton was awarded a grant from the Iowa DNR's Resource Enhancement And Protection program that will pay for almost the entirety of the project.
Plans include dredging the existing pond to a depth of approximately 10 feet in its deepest areas and adding a siltation pond just ahead of the main pond area. Plans also include re-building the fishing pier, adding a kayak and canoe launch, adding aerating fountains, and finally re-stocking the pond with fish with assistance from the DNR.
This project will continue through the Winter and Spring and the City is hopeful for completion by Summer 2022.
The Clinton High School Cross Country team meets are held, in the park, during the fall.
The Ericksen Community Center offers a variety of programs and activities for youth and adults. For the adults, we have seasonal sports, X-TREME Hip Hop, Knitting Club, Bridge Club, dog training classes and fitness facility. Youth programs and activities consist of seasonal sports, CTC Summer Camp, Safety Town, Dodgeball and Wild Things-just to name a few. Stop by and check out what we have to offer!