Opening of City Parks
Heritage Park: Park Buildings
Heritage Park's Carriage Barn once housed horses and carriages. Today it contains a museum filled with turn-of-the-century artifacts and memorabilia. Built in the 1880 by a Midwesterner named Hawkins, the Carriage Barn was reconstructed in 1987 based on photographs taken 100 years earlier.
Entitled "When the Air Was Pure and Money Grew on Trees", the Carriage Barn exhibition is designed to show how life was led in this region during the period 1880-1920. It is divided into sections or sets that illustrate the subjects of transportation (Horse and Buggy Days), education (Little Lake School Days), making a living (A Living from the Land), recreation and technology (Inventing a Better Life) and homemaking (Keeping a Home). Also in the exhibition is the Santa Fe Springs Mercantile, a four-passenger surrey, and a timeline.
Tankhouse Windmill Building
Farmers once pumped ground water out of these buildings, using the wind for pumping power. The restored tankhouse at Heritage Park could still do this job today if necessary. The Windmill was constructed in 1880 in a Carpenter Gothic style to match the Carriage Barn.
The Plant Conservatory
English country gentlemen once built these structures as nurseries for the exotic hot house plants. Around 1870, Missouri transplant Eli Hawkins built one at his estate too. The Conservatory is a plant-filled room perfect for reflection and a popular backdrop for wedding ceremonies.
During COVID-19: Monday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
[Hours listed below are available once facilities re-open:]
Summer: May - Late October; Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Winter: Late October - April; Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Other hours available by appointment. • Park closed on major holidays.
Carriage Barn: Tuesday - Saturday; 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Railroad Exhibit Hours: Open Daily 12 noon - 4 p.m. School tours are available - call for reservations.