Monday, October 19, 2009

Romare Bearden Park Update

From Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation: "Dear Stakeholders, Although it may seem all is [quiet] at Romare Bearden Park, several key components of this wonderful project are gathering momentum:
Timetable: The Department is hopeful that construction could start late next summer. The County will release a portion of unsold 2004 bonds for sale next June. Construction of Romare Bearden Park is the number one priority for the Department - the park will be first in line when funding becomes available. We will know more as the County moves closer to the bond sale and determines specific department allocations.
Building Demolition: Asbestos abatement in the existing structures is underway. Once abatement is complete, in about a month’s time, the three buildings will be razed.
Public Art: On October 7th the Art and Science Council kicked off the artist selection process. To date the ASC has risen over $225,000 to help support funding for a major art piece.
Romare Bearden Foundation: The Department is working with the local liaison to the Romare Bearden Foundation.  Jerald Melberg, gallery owner and former curator for the Mint Museum is helping us add the depth and richness of Romare Bearden through the careful selection of his works, text and thoughts; capturing Romare’s spirit that is to be incorporated into the interpretive signage throughout the park.
Fundraising:  As we draw nearer to construction and the economic climate improves, Partners for Parks, the non-profit fundraising wing for the department, is gearing up to undertake a fundraising effort. We will pass along details of the fundraising effort as they progress.
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Have a great week!
Brian Conroy
Parks Planner, Central Region
Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation Department"