Freedom Park Conservancy (King Day 2014)
The mission of Freedom Park Conservancy is to promote the improvement and preservation of Freedom Park for the benefit of a diverse public.
During Martin Luther King Jr. Day, volunteers are needed to help with landscaping projects and general park cleaning. Volunteers will also be painting over graffiti under bridges at Randolph St NE, Highland Ave along the Freedom Park Trail.
Please park at the Carter Center and Presidential Library on the easternmost end of the parking lot (furthest end from the main entrance toward Highland Ave – click here for a map). Signs will direct volunteers to this end of the parking lot.
Please be prepared to walk throughout the park and to cross a street or two to get to the various portions of the park.
At the Freedom Park Conservancy Annual meeting held the Second Tuesday of November 2013, the new slate of Officers were elected for 2014. New Officers and Committee Chairs for 2014:
2014 Freedom Park Conservancy Executive Directors
President: David Hamilton
Vice President: Edward Holifield
Vice President: Ed Dreistadt
Secretary: William ‘Billy’ Davis
Treasurer: Carol Gregory
2014 Committee Chairs
Park Improvement: Jay Wozniak
PR/Communications: Stephanie Saxon
Nominating Committee: Edward Holifield
Congratulations to all! 2014 looks to be a big year for Freedom Park as the Board begins in earnest the effort to update the park master plan which is long overdue for a refresh. The board also continues its charge to protect the integrity of the park boundary and the lease between GDOT and the City, which is unique to Freedom Park, in the City of Atlanta. In 2013 the FPC Board successfully worked with the Parks Department and Atlanta Public Schools to establish a City resolution for the donation, by APS, of the forthcoming parking lot in Freedom Park adjacent to Mary Lin Elementary School. This resolution is a necessary recognition of the process by which the parking lot was established and most importantly it protects the integrity of the 99 year lease for Freedom Park. Not familiar with the unique history of this great park? Check out this mini documentary.
The Conservancy set up in the park over the weekend to spread the good word about us and to meet and hear from park users – tanks to all who stopped by; we hope to see you showing off your FPC stickers with pride. If you didn’t see us this weekend, we’ll be out again soon. In the meantime feel free to sign-up for our email list – we will send alerts for happenings in the park, including volunteer days, and other worthy news updates.
Thank you to the volunteers that spent hours Saturday morning working and weeding the Freedom Park Bird and Butterfly Garden! Stop by and see the garden at the corner of North Ave and Candler Park Dr just down the hill from Mary Lin Elementary.
Lauren Sanoval, Carol Gregory, Meta Larrson, and Carol Vanderschauf.
All are invited to the dedication of the Tree of Life & Kan by Yvonne Domenge March 20, 2013 at 4pm in Freedom Park. The sculpture is at the intersection of North Ave and Oakdale Rd. Keynote speakers will include Mayor Kasim Reed, Councolmembers Kwanza Hall and Alex Wan, Director of Cultural Affairs Camille Russell Love and the artist Yvonne Domenge. There will also be a performance by Blake Dalton/CORE dance of Corazon Abriendo – this performance is based in Mayan concepts as is Tree of Life and Kan sculpture.
The artist will also give an exclusive talk about the sculpture beginning at 6pm at the High Museum of Art – the talk is free and open to the public.
The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the unveiling of Yvonne Domenge’s monumental scale artwork “The Tree of Life” at Atlanta’s Freedom Park. The art unveiling ceremony will occur from 4pm to 5pm on Wednesday March 20th and participating dignitaries will include Atlanta MayorKasim Reed and the Mexican Consulate General. The artist will receive the Phoenix award from the City of Atlanta at this ceremony. After the unveiling ceremony, the Ms. Domenge will speak at the HIGH Museum of Art later that evening.
Atlantans joined activists around the world in a global movement called, One Billion Rising on Thursday. The goal is to demand an end to violence against women and girls. A sculpture in support of the movement was unveiled in Freedom Park on Thursday, atop the hill east of Moreland Ave. The sculpture is a 12-foot tall, female figure intended to represent a woman rising in dance, which is the whole idea behind the one billion rising initiative.
The Chelko Foundation came up with the concept and enlisted the help of sculptor Phil Proctor. He says a project like this would usually take 6 weeks, but they’ve been asked to do it in a little. The sculpture will be on display at Freedom Park until March 30.
Last night the Freedom Park Conservancy Board of Directors welcomed a number of new members to the board. After many years of service Bob Haness of the Poncey Highland neighborhood stepped off the board and the position is now filled by Edward Holifield as our new representation from PHNA.
Carol Gregory has been serving on the FPC board as a Regional Director and as of this month is now our Candler Park representative to the board. With Carol’s move from Regional to Neighborhood Representative and the exit of a few other board members at the end of their terms, the FPC board is very excited to welcome four new Regional Directors:
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