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Chippewa Falls SchoolChippewa Falls businessman William Irvine, his firm, Chippewa Lumber and Boom Company, and L.C. Stanley established Irvine Park in 1906 through a generous donation of 165 acres of land. Since then, the size of Irvine Park has grown to 318 acres and is a recreational resource for the citizens of Chippewa Falls. 

Take a short walk through Irvine Park, and you will find many locations and areas with rich history — 

  • The Band Shell, designed in the 19th Century Romantic tradition and erected in 1924, stands as a memorial to “Our Soldiers and Sailors.” This popular site is used for summertime concerts and weddings. 
  • The historic Irvine Park Main Pavilion, built in 1908, is a great alternative for your reunions or large group gatherings. This pavilion can accommodate approximately 180-200 people for your events and comes with the use of the kitchenette behind the pavilion. 
  • The Sunny Valley Schoolhouse, built in 1903, and the Log Cabin, over 100 years old, are fine examples of our proud heritage. These sites are open to the public on Sundays in the summer from 1:00-5:00pm. 
  • The Rumbly Bridge was erected in 1907 over Duncan Creek near the Park’s back entrance. The Rumbly Bridge is possibly the only remaining metal truss in Wisconsin specifically designed as an ornamental park bridge. 

As you walk through the park, there is history at every turn. Take time to explore and appreciate this beautiful park.

**Admission to Irvine Park & Zoo is free, but donations are appreciated**