A REVITALIZATION SUCCESS! Enhancements include a renovated cultural center, new recreation building, renovated pool house playground/splash park, recreation/sports areas and parking. In partnership with HPARD, Emancipation Park Conservancy will schedule and produce programs in the park that serve the community.
REVITALIZING HISTORY! Emancipation Park, the oldest park in the city, has undergone a $33.6 million facelift and is ready for its close-up with local and community events planned on June 17, 2017, re-dedication celebration and June 19, 2017, Juneteenth celebration. Come out and join us for a good time!
EMANCIPATION PARK PROJECT TEAM: The Freelon Group Inc./Perkins & Will CRA, LLC, (National Design Consultant); ESPA Corp. (Program Manager); M2L Associates, Inc., (Landscape Architects); HVJ Associates, (Construction Materials Engineering and Testing Services); Prime Contractors, Inc., (Contractor); and Millis Development & Construction, (Contractor)
Sparked by the desire to have a place to commemorate the anniversary of their emancipation (“Juneteenth”), community members (all former slaves) in the Third and Fourth Wards led by Reverend Jack Yates, Richard Allen, Richard Brock, and Reverend Elias Dibble united to raise $1,000 in 1872 to purchase 10 acres of park land to host Juneteenth Celebrations. This is significant, not only as a ritual of remembrance and celebration, but also as an early act of exercising the new right of property ownership.
Redevelopment of historic park and facilities including a renovated community center, new recreation building, renovated pool house playground/splash park, recreation/sports areas and parking. Project will refine and preserve historic elements of the park while creating functional green space for the surrounding neighborhoods and serve as a designation for local, state, national and international visitors.