Located in beautiful downtown Woodstock, Georgia, Dupree Park is a beloved community park that offers recreation, relaxation, and a rich history. Built in the 1950s, when downtown Woodstock was emerging as a popular tourist spot, the park boasts a long list of amenities, including picnic areas, a playground, basketball courts, and a nature center. These days, the park is home to family reunions, festivals, and special events, as well as being a popular spot for joggers, picnickers, and neighborhood gatherings. Information can be found here.
Though the park has undergone many changes over the years in order to keep up with the times, Dupree Park has remained an important part of Woodstock’s history, a connection to its past, and a source of pride for its citizens. It is also a place of natural beauty, with an abundance of trees, gardens, and open spaces that provide an oasis of relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The park is named after William Thomas Dupree, an African American man who started out as a grocery clerk in the early 1900s and later became one of Woodstock’s wealthiest and most influential citizens. Unfortunately, due to the Jim Crow laws of the time, Dupree was denied access to the park that was named in his honor until recently. In 2018, the city of Woodstock renamed the park to commemorate Dupree and to honor his contributions to the community. See here for information about An Introduction to Olde Rope Mill Park.