Michael A. Hall Park Playground Improvements

Michael A. Hall Park was developed in 1993 and was dedicated in honor of United States Army Chief Warrant Officer (CWO), Michael Hall, who lost his life in the Gulf War. Hall was a helicopter pilot, participating in “Operation Provide Comfort” in Northern Iraq. On April 14, 1994, soldiers were delivering goods to the Kurds of Islam, in a humanitarian goodwill operation, when they were mistakenly fired upon by a United States aircraft. The custom helicopter blades outlined in the playground surface are in remembrance of Hall and others who lost their lives that day.

During the playground improvement design phase, extensive community outreach efforts were conducted. Town staff and park landscape architects worked with a fifth-grade class at Brooks Elementary School to administer a survey among students, teachers, parents and community members. This included selecting preferences for park equipment amenities. In addition, students monitored daily use of the park and analyzed the data that was included in a final design and presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission. The new playground was constructed in 2019.

Michael Hall Park