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In 1972, students lobbied OSU administrators to create a park space at the site of a recently demolished administration building. Beginning in 2002, the construction of Kelley Engineering Center prompted the relocation of the park to its current location just west of Gilkey Hall.
The Student Sustainability Initiative in 2007 funded a landscape plan that incorporated input from students and community members gathered between 2002 and 2007, and also built on the wishes of students since 1972. Recurring themes have influenced the park's design:
Construction began in October 2010 with the hardscape features completed that month. Planting took place in the spring and was completed in summer of 2011.
In the fall of 2011, artist Patrick Dougherty was hired to create one of his renowned stickwork sculptures that have been installed all over the world. Titled "Pomp and Circumstance," the project was completed in October and has brought natural charm and magnificence to the park ever since.
The large willow stick sculpture was removed in June of 2015. Expected to decay over time, the sculpture held up much longer than expected, but parts of it began to sag, and it became a potential hazard.