Paul and Edith from Antwerp, Belgium, arrived at 11:00 a.m., the first time visitors were welcomed by the President & CEO of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, Sally Minard, as well as by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, and City Council Member Ben Kallos.
They were presented with a special certificate and gift bag. Congresswoman Maloney, Assembly Member Seawright, and Council Member Kallos spoke about the importance of the four freedoms, highlighting their commitment to these freedoms and congratulating the Park for celebrating the legacy of FDR and human rights every day. The Dixieland jazz band, The Recessionals, played music throughout the event, and visitors received special cookies emblazoned with the four bars of the park logo.
According to Madeline Grimes, Director of Communications & Marketing for Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, “This was a very big milestone for us. As you know, the Park opened in October 2012, and we are thrilled to have welcomed so many visitors since then.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park is the first memorial dedicated to President Roosevelt in his home state of New York. Located on a triangular four-acre plot at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, the Park, designed by Louis I. Kahn, includes walkways lined with trees, waterfront promenades, and a portrait bust of President Roosevelt created by artist Jo Davidson. Carved in “the Room,” the Four Freedoms described in Roosevelt’s historic January 6, 1941 State of the Union address are: freedom of speech and expression; freedom of worship; freedom from want; and freedom from fear.
First announced in 1973 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Mayor John Lindsay, and other visionary urban planners, the monument’s design was the last work of the late Louis I. Kahn, an iconic architect of the 20th century. Dedicated on October 17, 2012, the Park is operated in partnership with New York State by the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy.