September 1, 2006
Charlotte, NC - A dedication and naming ceremony for the renovated pavilion overlooking the lake at Freedom Park will be held Sunday, September 17 at 2 p.m. The pavilion will be named for Mahlon Adams, the grand lady of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s grand park. For decades she has lived near Freedom Park, served as its protector, and led efforts to improve it.
Neighbors and members of the Freedom Park Neighborhood Association petitioned Mecklenburg County to name it the Mahlon Adams Pavilion. The Park and Recreation Commission endorsed the idea and the Board of County Commissioners approved it. A bronze plaque with a relief of Mahlon Adams will be unveiled at the ceremony. There will be brief remarks from Commission Chairman Parks Helms and Charlotte City Council member Patsy Kinsey.
Mahlon Adams, now 83, has long been one of the community’s leading proponents of green space, to provide recreation and preserve the natural environment. She was one of the founders of what is now the Freedom Park Neighborhood Association. As a long time advocate of greater citizen involvement in planning and zoning, she served on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission and chaired Charlotte’s Park and Recreation Commission before it merged with the County’s. She often hosted breakfasts and lunches for City and County officials, which served as a pleasant forum to underscore the importance of green space.
The Mahlon Adams Pavilion houses district offices for the Park and Recreation Department, a great room with a fireplace and a magnificent view of the park, plus a glass-walled conference room. These rooms are available for rental. The pavilion is surrounded by mature oak trees and colorful flowers. Often referred to as the Freedom Park Pavilion or Indoor Shelter, the brick, steel and glass building underwent a $900,000 expansion and renovation in 2004-2005, paid for by park bonds.