Freedom Park (Arlington, Virginia)

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Freedom Park
Freedom Park (Arlington, Virginia) is located in Washington, D.C.
Freedom Park (Arlington, Virginia)
Location within the Washington, D.C. area
Location Arlington, Virginia
Coordinates 38°53′39″N 77°04′13″W / 38.894212°N 77.070288°W / 38.894212; -77.070288Coordinates: 38°53′39″N 77°04′13″W / 38.894212°N 77.070288°W / 38.894212; -77.070288
Created 1994
The Journalists' Memorial
Segments of the Berlin Wall in Freedom Park

Freedom Park is a two block long elevated linear park in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, Virginia. It was built on an elevated concrete structure originally constructed for use as an automobile overpass, and as such, rises above and over the surrounding streets.

The park was founded in 1996 as a joint-venture with the Newseum and Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial, both operated by the Freedom Forum, and was dedicated to the spirit of freedom and the struggle to preserve it. In 2008 the Newseum moved to a new location in the District of Columbia, upon which time Monday Properties took over operations of the park, and most of the original exhibits were removed.

Today the park is used primarily by residents and workers of Rosslyn as a quiet escape from the busy city below.

Exhibits[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Spectrum of Freedom, 7 tile murals created by Karen Singer and 270 children from Arlington schools [1]

Former exhibits[edit]

Former exhibits which were removed in 2008 included:

A reproduction of the Statue of Freedom, which caps the dome of the United States Capitol, and the Goddess of Democracy, originally constructed for the Tiananmen Square protests in China, were also on display.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arlington VA Public Art Collection". Arlingtonarts.org. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  2. ^ "15 Years After the Fall of the Wall". Germany.info. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  3. ^ The largest section of the Wall to be preserved can be found at the 1420-yard East Side Gallery in Mühlenstrasse, Germany (found on German Embassy site: Germany Info: 15 Years After the Fall).
  4. ^ "Journalists Memorial". Freedom Forum. Retrieved 2009-07-16.