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C.F. Franklin Memorial Park Partnership Makeover Culminates with Rededication Ceremony

5/25/2017

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA), in partnership with the Neighborhood Housing & Development Corporation (NHDC) and Lowe’s Home Improvement, and with the help of many eager volunteers, will participate in a park cleanup and makeover in celebration of NeighborWorks Week.

NeighborWorks Week, taking place June 4-10, 2017, is an annual, national event where local organizations mobilize thousands of volunteers in a week of neighborhood change and awareness. As part of this year’s NeighborWorks Week, volunteers will be cleaning and painting the pavilion and playground equipment and installing new park benches and picnic tables at C.F. Franklin Memorial Park, which is located on the corner of Northeast Fourth Avenue and Northeast 15th Street. Friends and neighbors are invited to volunteer at this community event. The C.F. Franklin Memorial Park will be closed to the public Thursday, June 8; the cleanup and makeover continues through the morning of Saturday, June 10.

At 1 p.m., Saturday, June 10, the community is invited to a very special ribbon-cutting, celebrating the life of Conoly F. Franklin, who served as a deacon at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, where he worked tirelessly and diligently for more than 50 years to improve the conditions of the neighborhood. Franklin was instrumental in getting sidewalks installed and streets paved, as well as having this park built for everyone to enjoy. Franklin died in 1991 at the age of 85 - his legacy continues today.

After the ceremony, a cookout and informational fair featuring local businesses and non- profit agencies, will be held at the park for the community and neighbors. The C.F. Franklin Memorial Park rededication ceremony is made possible through the generous financial support of the Neighborhood Housing & Development Corporation, Lowe’s Home Improvement and the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. The rededication is free and open to everyone. Parking is limited; carpooling or walking is encouraged.

NeighborWorks America and its network of local organizations rally volunteers, businesses, organizations, neighbors, and locally- and nationally-elected and civic leaders in a week of neighborhood improvement and education. To learn more about NeighborWorks Week, please visit http://www.neighborworks.org/Community/NeighborWorks-Week.

For more information about the rededication, please contact Gigi Simmons, interim partnership and development coordinator, at 352-393-8524 or simmonsGG@cityofgainesville.org.

To volunteer at this event, please contact LaShundra Coley’Hale, volunteer program coordinator, at ColeyHaleLD@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8335.

For information about participating in the information fair, please contact Karen Honess or Janice Crews of the Neighborhood Housing & Development Corporation at 352-308-9119.



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