Azalea Park is a thirty-three acre park in the Brookings City limits containing ancient native azaleas that were already growing here when Lewis and Clark wintered on the Oregon Coast in 1805-06. The park was first designated a State Park in 1939. Over time, inattention caused the park to return to a more natural state, overgrown with blackberry vines and underbrush. In 1993 the State of Oregon, considering the maintenance of Azalea Park to be a burden, turned it over to the City of Brookings.
Azalea Park offers active and passive recreational
activities. It lies amongst several residential neighborhoods, but manages to
preserve unique landscapes and open spaces. Azalea Park, however, is much more
than both of those things. It is a community project that supports Brookings'
claim to be "The City of Volunteers'.
The abundance of the native azalea bushes is a direct reflection of the care given to these very old plants by local citizens. If you are here in the springtime when the native azalea are in full bloom, you will be surprised by their beauty and fragrance.
A "Stage under the Stars" band shell hosts summer concerts, usually every Sunday, and is very popular with locals and visitors alike. Most with sit on the grass or bring folding chairs when enjoying a concert. The "Kidtown" play area provides younger children with a play area offering forts, bridges, slides, tires and ropes. Both the shell stage and the wonderful playground were built by volunteer power.
Every December Azalea Park is the site of "Nature's Coastal Holiday Light Show" which returns bigger and brighter each year with dazzling light displays created by the many community service groups in this friendly, "can do" town. From the middle of the month until January 1, the Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with a light show and sculpture display. The entire creative display follows a Northwest theme.
So, Please Enjoy
A visit to this old garden complex which is continually renewing itself, is much more than a pleasant visit for every member of your family. It is an excellent way to be in touch with, and develop a connection with another family; all those volunteers - women, men and youngsters - who built and maintain Azalea Park and recommend it to you for your pleasure.