Located on the east side of town, John Wesley Griffin Park (formerly Beverly Park) is the perfect place to take the family to have a good time. Complete with children’s playground, a small pavilion, grills and basketball courts, there is an abundance of things for the whole family to do. Come by and enjoy one of Groveland’s finest parks.
John Wesley Griffin was one of the original residents of the all colored subdivision of Beverly Hills. He was named after the co-founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley. He was born October 1, 1888 in Sylvania, GA. He and his brother Sam moved to Groveland in the 1930s and John became the personal chauffeur to J. Ray Arnold Saw Mill. He was instrumental in getting amenities, such as clay packed streets and running water, to the all colored subdivision. He also managed the play park and Edgewood Cemetery from 1945 to 1948. He served in World War I and was the Lake County School District representative for Edgewood.
Beverly Hills was started in 1945 by developer Charlie J. Anderson. Beverly Park was established by John Wesley Griffin in 1951 after asking Mr. Anderson to set aside several lot spaces for a place where children could play. Mr Anderson in turn asked Mr. Griffin to manage and be the caretaker for the area. He did this over the next 20 years and passed on the responsibilities to the Caple family. Lacy and Mary Caple managed the property until their children grew up. They then donated the land to the City of Groveland and the property was named Beverly Park.
The City of Groveland renamed Beverly Park to John Wesley Griffin Park on February 16, 2016 via Resolution 2016-02-02.