Gene Kleiner Day honors the generosity of the day’s namesake who donated the 60-acres, and the $25 million to develop Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park and give it to the City of Meridian and its residents. Gene made the donation in honor of his late father, Julius, who once farmed the land on which the park now sits and operated until Julius’s passing in 1972. The City of Meridian celebrates Gene Kleiner Day annually on the second Saturday of June.
Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park is located at 1900 N. Records Avenue in Meridian. The nearly 60 acre park, which is situated behind The Village at Meridian at the corner of Eagle Road and Fairview. The park boasts 3.3 miles of walking paths, a growing tree arboretum, two fishing ponds, the Rock of Honor Veterans Memorial, a community garden and full spectrum of youth play equipment.