Lappin Park, a shady urban oasis on the corner of Washington and Essex Streets, was dedicated on June 17th, 1993 in a ceremony that included the two sons of John and Frances Lappin who owned the land before selling it to the city. The cost of the park was partly funded by a Community Development Action Grant, helping the city to stimulate economic activity. Gerber's Restaurant occupied the space for many years. Sons Robert and Stanley Lappin later generously donated a spinkler system for the park, to ensure the health of the plants in the area.
"Downtown Lappin Park dedicated" Salem Evening News, June 18, 1993, p. 19
"Downtown park will have two names" Salem Evening News, Dec. 23, 1991, p.?
"With their name on it...," Salem Evening News, Sept. 4, 1993, p. 5