Catawba Island’s Dr. John E. Braun Memorial Park was established nearly 50 years ago when the District American Lutheran Church purchased 18 acres to establish a mission church on Catawba Island.
Shortly after, the present Resurrection Lutheran Church was established, and the ALC decided to sell the remaining 12 acres of land. Two of the Lutheran Church members, Sherman and Doris Titsworth, purchased the land and deeded it back to the church with the stipulation that a park be established on the land. At that time, Catawba Island had no place for children to play, so the church established a separate park board in 1970 to operate and maintain the park.
Today the park has many uses available to the community. There are three baseball diamonds, soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts and playground equipment. There is a shelter house with electricity and running water that is available for reunions, picnics and family gatherings.
The part operates without township, county or state funds. The Titsworth Fund provides funds for basic operations only. Money for new equipment, major overhauls, and new buildings must come from community donations. There is currently a need for a new equipment building to store and maintain park and sports equipment. The cost for the building is $35,000.