Boardman Park hosts 227 acres of greenspace located in the heart of Boardman, Ohio. Our "Green Oasis" is a sanctuary for local plants and animals, and a recreational haven - providing amenities like open-air pavilions, softball fields, hike & bike trails, playgrounds and more!

Southern Park Stables, at 126 Washington Boulevard in Boardman, was the private training stable of Attorney David Arrel and was built circa 1912 to house his standardbred horses racing at Southern Park Trotting Track one block south. The Stables is the last remaining structure of a large complex known as Southern Park, which included not only the racetrack and accompanying stables, grandstand, and outbuildings, but a dance hall, picnic pavilions, and baseball diamonds. The park was a favorite destination for Youngstown city residents wishing to relax in the country, and many company picnics were held here. The wrought iron gates at the driveway entrance were originally the main entrance gates for the racetrack.

June 11, 1993 – Janie S. Jenkins donated her property, the former Southern Park Stable, which is the last remnant of the Southern Park Trotting Track, to the Park District. Established in 1908, the Southern Park Race Track was a sports landmark in the area. Southern Park consisted of 55 acres with a half-mile race track, numerous barns, a grandstand, flower gardens, picnic areas and a baseball field. Located approximately a mile and one-half South of Boardman Center is near McClurg Road. It was the enterprise of Senator David Tod, David Tod Arrel and H.H. Stambaugh. The race track was a popular site for high school track meets and thoroughbred horse racing. In 1986 the Southern Stables was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Southern Park Stables History

Est. In 1908 the Southern Park Race Track was a sports landmark in the area.
The race track was a popular site for high school track meets and thoroughbred horse racing.
In 1986 the Southern Stables was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It was the enterprise of Senator David Tod, Atty. David Arrel and H.H. Stambaugh.
Janie S. Jenkins, 90, renowned reporter and feature writer for The Vindicator for 43 years until her retirement in 1987 and popular columnist since then for Farm & Dairy. An accomplished equestrienne since childhood, Janie continued to ride into her late 80s and always kept horses at her home, Southern Park Stables, where she had lived since 1946. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2003 received an Ohio Historical Marker. In 1993 she deeded the historic property to Boardman Township Park District with a life estate for her and restrictions for forever preserving the building and leaving the 8 .3 acres in natural state. In 1999 she received the Award of Merit for Historic Preservation from the Ohio Historical Society and in 2005 the Mahoning Valley Historical Society presented her with the Award of Achievement for historic preservation. Janie's greatest joys and passions in her long life were her friends and family, her home, her horses, her many Dalmatian dogs and cats over the years, and all wildlife and the natural world. Janie Passed in April 2012 and will be long remembered for her wit and love of animals.

Southern Park Stables- Partnership
Mahoning County 4-H and Boardman Park are excited about the announcement of the collaboration of their organizations with the common goals and objectives to further educational opportunities for youth throughout Mahoning County. With the announcement of the Southern Park Stables future programming will be designed to accommodate available resources at the Historical site. Our Goals with the Grand Opening of the Southern Park Stables is to:
  • Establish a 4-H community club for neighborhood families
  • Use the stables’ facilities to hold 4-H club meetings
  • Use the grounds to establish a community garden, using models
    already in place in Youngstown
  • Use the stables to hold educational clinics for 4-H’ers taking
    horse projects
  • Use the stables and grounds to hold an overnight 4-H horse
  • Use the facilities for leadership events, using
    horses and other animals as the method for teaching
    teamwork, cooperation, etc.
  • Use the facilities as a location for Equine Team
    competition practices
4-H in Mahoning County

4-H has a variety of events and activities for youth ages 5-19. Over 1,100 members find educational and entertaining opportunities in one or more of the 75 community clubs in the county, as well as in programs such as Junior Camp, CARTEENS, Cloverbud Day Camp, and Junior Fair. There are over 200 different 4-H projects offered, led by 302 adult volunteers. Goats, llamas, horses, crafts, welding, clothing, nutrition, and gardening projects are among the many interest areas available.

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