Dicken Woods was historically used for farming, and a farmhouse was on the western side of the property until the early 1980s. Its foundation is still present, and cultivated flowers can be found surrounding it. Apple trees from the old orchard are scattered throughout the area. In the central area of Dicken Woods, evidence remains of an irrigation system, and many strawberry plants can be found.
The land was acquired by the city in 2004, after members of the community formed the Friends of Dicken Woods organization, with the goal of saving the natural area from development. The area is now thick with invasive shrubs which are being removed through volunteer efforts. Native oaks are being planted and will mingle with the dogwood and hawthorn already here.
Read a Natural Area Preservation (NAP) newsletter article detailing community involvement in the early days of the park:
2006 Park Focus: Dicken Woods by Erica Uramkin