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Name the Park
Mecklenburg County will hold a hearing on the naming of the new Third Ward Park.

August 11, 2005

Formal Petition to Name New Uptown Park For Artist Romare Bearden

Charlotte, NC- The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will conduct a second "public reading" of a proposal for naming the new park in Third Ward. A formal petition proposes to name the park for Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden.

The second reading will be conducted at the next regular meeting of the Central Park District III Advisory Council on August 15. The meeting will be held at the First Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 901 Oaklawn Avenue, at 6:45 p.m. Interested citizens are invited to participate.

As required, there are three public readings conducted in the naming process. The first reading was conducted at the Central Park District II Advisory Council meeting on July 18, 2005. The park is currently known by the working title West Park. It will be Charlotte’s first major urban park, covering more than eight acres bounded by Second, Fourth, Mint and Graham Streets.

Bearden was an artist, educator, theorist, and a benefactor who helped young African-American artists establish their careers. He was born on Graham Street in the Third Ward Community. A mosaic copy of a Bearden work decorates a wall in the main library uptown. Some of his works hang in the Mint Museum and in the Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, where Jerold Melberg is considered an authority on Bearden.

The Park and Recreation Commission will make a formal name recommendation on September 13 at their regular meeting. The Board of County Commissioners will have the final say on the naming.

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