Four Freedoms Welcomes One Millionth Visitor

October 7, 2018

As many of you may know, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is the nonprofit responsible for

operatingand programming Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park on the southern tip of the island. The park, which was designed by acclaimed architect Louis Kahn, is named in honor of both President Roosevelt and his Four Freedoms address, which outlined FDR’s vision for a more just and equitable world.

 

Our mission, as stewards of this state park, is to inspire, educate, and engage the public in the ideals of the Four Freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

 

Nearly six years ago the Conservancy opened the gates of the presidential memorial. In that time, the Park has welcomed thousands of NYC school students, been stage to Roosevelt Island Residents Association’s Cherry Blossom Festival, hosted two naturalization ceremonies, and held yearly events in celebration of Manhattanhenge and our most popular family event Kite-Flight!

 

During the Fall for Arts Festival — Roosevelt Island’s annual celebration of public art today — we were joined by about 500 revelers for an en masse confetti toss (biodegradable of course!). Photo by Cory Antiel

 

In October, we reached a new milestone: welcoming our one millionth visitor to FDR Four

Freedoms State Park! We were thrilled to be able to share that milestone with the many

Roosevelt Island residents that came to the Park to celebrate Fall for Arts on October 6 and

with the many Roosevelt Island residents who comprise our one million visitors.

 

At the Conservancy, our board and staff talk often about community. How to create it, how to foster it, and what "community" really means to the people who visit the Park. We do this for a simple reason: because our community drives what we do. And what a wonderful community we have. From the hundreds of Roosevelt Island families who joined us for Kite Flight for Peace and Uni Project days at the Park, to the PS217 students learning about the four freedoms for the first time, to the runners training for their first marathons, we are incredibly thankful for those who visit the Park each and every day.

 

As we enter our seventh year of operations and programs, we look forward to ensuring this

Park remains a welcoming place for contemplation, a dynamic destination for engaging

programming, and a community space for the Roosevelt Island community.

 

Please join us on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22 for the final days of this season’s Uni Project installation, a pop-up reading room at the Park, featuring arts & crafts, story-time, and more. And please check our website – www.fdrfourfreedomspark.org – often for news and events.

 

As always, we hope you visit the Park soon!

 

 

Howard Axel,

 

CEO Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

 

 Photo by Cory Antiel

 

FDR Four Freedoms State Park is open 9am-5pm, October 1 – March 31, and 9am-7pm, April 1 –September 30. Closed Tuesdays. Four Freedoms Park Conservancy welcomes you to visit often and hopes that by visiting you are inspired to define and defend President Roosevelt’s commitment to essential human rights. For comments or questions, email media@fdrffp.org.

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