Van Doorne Park (Lawrence, MA)

van doorneVan Doorne Park is located at the intersection of School Street, Floral Street, and Oregon Ave. It is named in honor of the Van Doorne cousins, Victor and Maurice, two soldiers who died in service during World War II. Victor was a technical Sargeant for the Army Air Force. He died in a plane collision in the South Pacific and was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He served as a gunner on raids against the Japanese. Private Maurice Vandoorne was killed in action in France. The park was dedicated Armistice Day, November 11, 1957 with their families and city officials attending.
The site of the park originally was the location of the Riverside School.  The school was built in 1875 and retired 1954.  The address was 2 School Street.

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  1. […] Raymond Perry Plainsmen Americo Sessa Julian J. Stopyra William A. Sullivan Leopoldo Tortora Van Doorne cousins Roland Vanderkerkove Bandstand Charles F. […]

  2. […] A separate department called the Parks Department seems to have started in the 1880’s possibly under the supervision of the City Engineer. The first printed report came out in 1896 and called itself the 2nd annual report. That first report describes work done at Den Rock, Spicket Playstead (later Hayden Schofield), Union Park (later South Common), Durant Square, and Common Park (Campagnone Common). By the fourth annual report the City had added Storrow Park, Stockton Park, and Amphitheatre (Mullaney) Park. Campagnone Common Coyne Park Cronin Park Den Rock Park Gagnon Park Highland Park Kennedy Park Misserville Park Mt. Vernon Park Mullaney Park O’Connell South Common O’Neill Park O’Sullivan Park Pemberton Park Plainsman Park Riley Park Rowell Park Scarito Park Stockton Park Storrow Park Sullivan Park Van Doorne Park […]

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