Scenic, symbolic park planned for vacant downtown lot

You may see a big pit of dirt when you look at the lot at East Broad Street and Cleveland Avenue but people of First Congregational Church see much more—within the next six months, the half-block area will be transformed into Washington Gladden Social Justice Park.

The greenspace will include a screen with waterfalls, artwork, trees, and a pathway with inspirational quotes from local leaders, reports The Dispatch.

First Congregational Church, which owns the property, also sees the space as being a site to host exhibitions on social justice, art programs, lectures, community dialogues, and performances.

The $3.7 million project will be a tribute to Gladden, a former minister at First Congregational Church.

The property has been vacant for a while but it was most recently used as a parking lot (which can been seen in the Google Map) and before that, a used-car dealership.


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