"A dream realized by neighbors working together"
Community members from 5 neighborhoods near 29th Street ask Tucson Mayor and Council to give 50 acres of Davis Mountain Air force Base land for a park.
Mr. Abel’s 6th grade class at Myers Elementary names the park “Freedom Park”.
The city proposes that the south side of the park be used for a solid waste transfer station. The neighborhood protests and wins.
The Community develops a long-term plan for the park. Ball fields, soccer fields, a swimming pool, and a water slide are constructed over the years. The long-term goal is to have tennis courts and a community center with youth and senior activities.
The City promises money for a community center, but then decides to give it to another center.
Voters approve a bond to fund Freedom Park Center projects, and architect Corky Poster begins meeting with city officials and community members to design the project.
Public hearings are held to get more community input on the projects. Community members decide to build a covered basketball court.
When the bond funds are finally released to Freedom Park. There is not enough money left to build the community center or basketball court!
Neighbors organize to pressure city government with letters and phone calls to find the additional money needed to build. The city and county come through, and construction begins- seven years after the first planning meeting!
A new dream was born when neighborhood organizer, Pat Martin, speaks at the dedication of the new Freedom Recreation Center.