November 29, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Veda McMullen, Communications Coordinator
Freedom Park Interpretive Center opens
James City County’s new Freedom Park Interpretive Center opened on Nov. 16 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion. The event was the County's opportunity to thank its many partners for their initiatives and support in making Freedom Park a historical reality and a community asset.
The Interpretive Center features an artifacts exhibit, an interactive kiosk, indoor meeting space with adjoining kitchen, outdoor patio, an outdoor bike wash station, more accessible parking and a variety of environmentally green features.
James City County voters approved the purchase of Freedom Park in a 1994 bond referendum and in a 2005 bond referendum vote, approved $4.3 million in park improvement projects. The Interpretative Center concludes Phase III improvements. The future Phase IV will include a playground and picnic shelters as well as visual interpretation at the site of the Engagement of Spencer’s Ordinary and the visual representation of the 17th century homestead.
Freedom Park is located at 5535 Centerville Rd., at the intersection of Longhill and Centerville Road.
For the complete list of park and center amenities, meeting room rental fees, operating hours and more, please visit http://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation/parks/freedom-park.html or call 757-259-4022.
1st Photo - Pictured from L to R: Lafayette Jones, JCC Historical Commission; Ed Truslow, Sons of the American Revolution, Williamsburg Chapter; Alain Outlaw, Archeological & Cultural Solutions, Inc.; Kirk Moore, Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association; Robert Middaugh, JCC Administrator; Susan Powell, Virginia Master Naturalist; Jim Icenhour, Board of Supervisors; Angela Cingale, Williamsburg Botanical Garden; and Craig Metcalfe, JCC Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.