Tue, 16 Jan 2007

Dedication of Martin Luther King Park - Newsday

Dedication of Martin Luther King Park
Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi yesterday joined County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) in officially opening the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Park in Uniondale.
“Dr. King’s message was one of tolerance and understanding, and this park represents that message by providing our residents with a peaceful environment that will serve as a beacon for the community,” Legislator Abrahams said in a statement.
The “reflective” park is located on the corner of Uniondale Avenue and Nassau Road on what was formerly the site of an abandoned gas station.
The park was designed by the Nassau County Department of Public Works and includes a bust of Dr. King on top of an elevated circular section of the plaza. Three flowering dogwood trees – the state tree of Dr. King’s native Georgia – will be planted behind the bust. A stone walkway has several well-known Dr. King quotes etched into it.
“We’re pleased that this park has been established to honor the memory and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Mr. Suozzi said. “And we hope that it will in some small way foster his goal of achieving equal rights and tolerance for everyone.”
Funding for the $120,000 project came from Legislator Abrahams’ Community Revitalization Project funds. Construction began in November.
“The County’s Department of Public Works department did a stellar job on the design of this project,” Mr. Abrahams said. “I am very pleased that the target completion date was realized and I have nothing but high praise for our County’s workforce.”
This year’s Martin Luther King Day has a special poignancy for many, as it is the first that Dr. King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, was not alive to see. She passed away last year.

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