Passive Parks

Along with Betts Park, the C.A.R. Pool,  and community playgrounds, the City also maintains several passive parks with varying uses and designations.  You can learn more about each park below, including its location in the City, or download a copy of the City of Warren Park Walking Tour provided by the Warren County Historical Society.

 Esplanade: Breezepoint Landing

Located at the southern end of Liberty Street, this .87 acre site overlooks the Allegheny River and Veterans' Memorial Bridge and contains a gazebo with benches and statuary art. The site is adjacent to Soldiers and Sailors Park. 

 Fitness: DeFrees Park

DeFrees Park is located on Fourth Avenue between Hickory and Liberty Streets.  The park was named in honor of philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. DeFrees who provided funding to acquire the property. Mr.  DeFrees was the owner of Allegheny Valve Co. and a former head of the Parks and Playground Department of the City.

Constructed in 2001, the gazebo-style pavilion provides picnic seating for approximately 50 persons. Additional facilities include restrooms, playground equipment, basketball hoop, and tetherball.  2014 marked the addition of outdoor fitness equipment.. 

 Founders: Celeron Park

Once known as Central Park, Celoron Park takes its name from a bronze plaque mounted on a boulder dedicating the park in honor of French explorer Celoron deBlainville.  In 1749, Celoron was sent to reestablish France's claim to this region by burying a lead marker plate at the confluence of the Conewango Creek and the Allegheny River.  The park also commemorates the Seneca village, known as Kanoagoa (now rendered Conewango) that once flourished on the site of the current City.  (Description courtesy of Warren County Historical Society).

 Art Kelsey Park

This park faces Liberty Street and extends to the Midtown Parking Lot. The land was acquired by the then Borough of Warren in 1965 which is the same year that Art Kelsey began his fifty-year career as a dedicated employee of the Department of Public Works. Art is well-known as a hard worker and one who spent a great deal of time tending the City's parks; therefore, in 2016, Warren City Council deemed it appropriate to name this park in honor of Mr. Kelsey. 

 History: Heritage Point at Crescent Park

On Memorial Day weekend Warren honors its past by raising the flags of the nations that once claimed this area.: 

  1. The Seneca Nation flag features animals representing the clans of the nation.
  2. The gold Fleur-de-lis flag represents the French monarchy which claimed this land as Louisiana in 1860.
  3. The Union Jack of the United Kingdom denotes its claim on this land beginning in the 1760s. 
  4. The "Betsy Ross" flag flies to commemorate the land becoming property of the United States after our country won its independence from Britain.  

 Monument: Soldiers and Sailors Park

The Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated Soldiers and Sailors Park on Armistice Day, November 11, 1922. to honor freedom's fallen defenders.  The newly christened park incorporated the 1909 granite monument that honored the brave of the Civil War with the Company I Allied Expeditionary Force Memorial that features 13 columns inset with the names of the 13 men from Company I who were killed in action in France during World War I.  

Soldiers and Sailors Park also contains an amphitheater which is the site of public open air concerts which are provided at no cost on Friday evenings throughout the summer. 

 Overlook: Washington Park

On the bicentennial anniversary of George Washington's birth, a group of Warren citizens granted the community the land on which Washington Park sits.  Consisting of five acres at the top of Beech Street, this site features expansive views of the Allegheny River at Warren.  Upon its dedication on August 9, 1932, one thousand Norway Spruce and one thousand white pine trees were planted.  

 Picnic: Clemons Park

Clemons Park was gifted to the City in 1966 by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. DeFrees.  The park was named after Thomas Clemons, a civic-minded entrepreneur who served as town councilman, county prothonotary and treasurer as well as a founding officer of the Warren County Bank.  (Description courtesy of Warren County Historical Society).

 Riverfront: Point Park

Point Park is located at the confluence of the Conewango Creek and the Allegheny River and is a popular site for fishing. 

 Sled Riding: Mulberry Playground

Located between Glade Avenue and Frank Street, this neighborhood playground  has long been enjoyed by residents of the northern section of the City. A portion of the property is on a hillside which is frequented by sled riders during the  winter months. 

 Trails: Morck Park

Sitting on just over one acre, Morck Park was named to honor Anne L.C. Morck of Oil City who donated the land in 1928.  While president of Morck Oil Company, Anne Morck also was an ardent supporter of educational improvements and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  When dedicated in 1932, the park included thirteen Washington Elm trees, each named for one of the original colonies. 

 War Memorials: General Joseph Warren Park

 Wild Flowers: Wetmore

This park was set aside for public use in 1795 when Andrew Ellicott plotted the town of Warren.  The park was known as the Public Square before being renamed in honor of Edward D. Wetmore, who was instrumental in the founding of the Warren Public Library and active in timber sales, and the Struthers Wells Company.  (Description courtesy of the Warren County Historical Society).

The park is now home to a wildflower garden and provides an inviting location to pause and enjoy the outdoors on a summer's day.