Fairview Park was founded in the 1940s by regional African-American church groups as an alternative to the local amusement parks that excluded them. At one point, the park had a roller coaster, a merry-go-round, a skating rink, a swimming pool, softball fields, swings, see-saws, a sandbox, a petting zoo and hot-air balloon rides. As racial segregation became less prevalent, the park lost much of its appeal for the African-American community. Approximately 52 acres of the original park is still maintained by the Fairview Park Association.
Poor. Site has fallen out of use and is deteriorating. Parts of the property had to be sold to pay taxes before non-profit status was obtained. Some attempts at revitalization are being made.