Around 1980, the Robinson Farm in Cortland went up for sale and the Town purchased 4.5 acres. In coordination with the town, Cortland Lions Club members helped to remove old buildings and leveled and seeded the grounds for future usage.
Two years later in 1982, we celebrated the construction of the Lions Shelter as an open air shelter with a cement floor complete with picnic tables and a grill. We started a fund seeking help where people could purchase a “per-foot” section in memoriam of loved ones in hopes to complete the four walls. During this time, along with the Town of Cortland, many people donated trees to decorate the field.
Four years later in 1986, the shelter was completely enclosed and became known as the Lions Den. Taking much pride in the park as a whole, the Lions Club paid for the installation of the other (open) shelter by the baseball diamond.