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Very pretty park!

This is a very interesting and attractive park commemorating a debate between Lincoln and Douglas... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Nice statues and memorials

Walk around at your leisure and learn the local history. It's a quaint riverside area with an old... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Sally S
Brazil, Indiana
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Bounded by Jackson, LaSalle, Lafayette, and Columbus Sts, Ottawa, IL 61350
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Reviewed 9 October 2018

This is a very interesting and attractive park commemorating a debate between Lincoln and Douglas (I think) . The landscaping at this park is very pretty. There are many interesting things to see in Ottawa, including the I&M Canal and the Reddick Mansion. I think...More

Thank pwwtoy1
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Walk around at your leisure and learn the local history. It's a quaint riverside area with an old fashioned down town vibe.

Thank Sally S
Reviewed 4 July 2018

It was very hot day. The park was a great place to take a rest and spend some time. Big trees were giving the shadow, the fountain in the middle was giving fresh breeze and the beautiful flowers added some color. This is the place...More

Thank romanpiekosz
Reviewed 6 June 2018

The last time I was in Ottawa, I couldn't spend time seeing the sites. I was on my bike, headed for the Mississppi, and needed to make haste. Today, we traveled to Ottawa just to explore the downtown. Washington Square is a great park to...More

Thank Jeanne M
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

History and the Holidays come together in one place. Location of the city lights, music concerts, and the Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Thank Tomlpf
Reviewed 29 November 2017

This beautiful downtown gem has several places to relax, meet friends to chat, eat at a picnic table or walk through. It's shade trees and water fountain,with Abe Lincoln and Stephen Douglas Statues nearby help you to forget you are in a city. You can...More

Thank dakotajude73
Reviewed 27 November 2017

If you are at all interested in US history you need to pull off the interstate at least long enough to visit this Ottawa park just north of the courthouse. Take at least a few minutes to see the sculptures and and murals and read...More

1  Thank Paul S
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

We walked through summer and enjoyed a few moments at the water fountain and day on the steel bench provided. Walking through on a cold day you can take time to see the historical statutes. If you wait til after thanksgiving, you will see the...More

Thank Kenneth H
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Ottawa is proud of their Lincoln heritage. This square has a few great sculptures. I especially like this one of Lincoln debating. The area had little rain in weeks so the square itself was rather dusty and dried out. I also loved the murals that...More

1  Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 31 July 2017

The history of the park is shared in multiple areas of the park. It seemed well kept and there were areas where a family was playing catch. It does say no bike traffic but there was one biker not following this advice that almost ran...More

Thank Brian C
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