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New Shelter at Freedom Park
New indoor shelter will be dedicated at Freedom Park on September 17

September 9, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grand Opening of New Indoor Shelter at Freedom Park

Features Ribbon Cutting, Ceremony, Historical Exhibits

Charlotte, NC-Friends and supporters of Freedom Park will celebrate the grand opening of its new $900,000 indoor shelter building with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m., Saturday, September 17. The new shelter was paid for with bonds approved by voters and was built to incorporate and preserve part of the old shelter on the same site.

This new shelter will serve a wide variety of community functions and will be available for rental for weddings, receptions, parties, small sporting events, neighborhood association and community meetings, etc. The indoor shelter has a commanding view through large plate glass windows from the hill above the lake. The shelter includes:

• A great room which can comfortably seat up to 70 people, with fireplace and large screen TV.

• Conference room

• Offices for the Central III Park District

• Catering kitchen

• Concrete plaza

• Rest rooms

The grand opening ceremony will feature remarks by Parks Helms, Chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners; Wayne Weston, Director of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department; Robert Patterson, the new chairman of the Park and Recreation Commission; and others. Neighborhood resident Robert Fitzpatrick will also present a history of Freedom Park.

All persons attending the ceremony will be invited to view historical displays inside the great hall of the new shelter. One display, prepared by Levine Museum of the New South, will center around designer John Nolen, who first envisioned Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood. There will also be an exhibit on the history of Freedom Park. The historical displays will remain for public viewing through October 7.

Freedom Park, located at 1900 East Boulevard, is operated by the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department.




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