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PARD honors Rosewood Park

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by Tai Moses

A global pandemic isn’t stopping the Austin Parks and Recreation Department from giving credit where credit is due. For example, PARD has created a virtual dedication ceremony to honor Rosewood Neighborhood Park’s shiny new accolades – a state Historical Marker from the Texas Historical Commission, and a Lone Star Legacy Park award from the Texas Recreation and Park Society. Austin’s black community has celebrated Juneteenth at Rosewood for 90 years, and the parks department says the park is “the heart and cultural center for the Rosewood community.” Kim McKnight, who heads up PARD’s Historic Preservation and Heritage Tourism Program, said in a news release, “We look forward to the day when we can celebrate in person and are grateful to the community for working with us to develop this engaging online event. We are excited to share the history of this special park with the Austin community.” The dedication video, which “highlights the history of the park with historic photos, longtime community members and local dignitaries,” may be viewed here.

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