Newsletter: Volume 3, Issue 2

Four Freedoms Park Conservancy Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 2

At Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, we continue to honor the legacy of President Roosevelt and his vision for a world based on four essential human freedoms. This year, we dedicate ourselves to celebrating the first pillar of President Roosevelt’s four freedoms: freedom of speech and expression. This essential human right forms the foundation of our democracy. As our event season begins, we look forward to fostering civic engagement through a slate of programs emphasizing the importance of free speech.

From our annual Kite Flight for Peace, which invites visitors of all ages to fly kites in celebration of a world based on respect and tolerance, to our first ever Guest Architect Series, which builds understanding of public space, expression, and collective memory, we invite visitors to explore the meaning of FDR’s four freedoms today.

It is more important than ever to work towards building a world based on human dignity that allows everyone the freedom of speech and expression. Help us to honor President Roosevelt and the four freedoms, and to spread values important to both him and our democracy as a whole, by visiting Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park for our events and programs. For more information, click here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Howard Axel
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

Park news & updates

On Wednesday, June 14, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy’s signature fundraising event – its 5th annual Sunset Garden Party – will honor award-winning journalist, Tom Brokaw, and his incredible commitment and extraordinary leadership in the defense of free speech and expression. Mr. Brokaw has spent his entire distinguished journalism career defending and promoting freedom, particularly the role of a free press in our democracy.

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Our educational offerings impart the values of President Roosevelt and a vibrant democracy to the next generation of Americans. We offer field trips based around Freedom from Want, which explores how New York has cared for its neediest throughout its history, and Freedom from Fear, which analyzes international relations before and after the creation of the United Nations.

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In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Gracie Mansion becoming the official residence of the New York City mayor, we remember the intrinsic link between the city’s chief executive and the history of Roosevelt Island and Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. 

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Upcoming events
Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, April 29, 11am - 5pm

Join us for Roosevelt Island's Community Cherry Blossom Festival featuring traditional and modern Japanese performances, tea ceremonies, a cultural fair, and so much more! Free, no registration required. 

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I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 6, 10am - 1pm
I Love My Park Day heralds the start of spring with this statewide call to volunteer. Come celebrate the sixth annual statewide I Love My Park Day at Four Freedoms Park! Show your appreciation of NYS parks by volunteering to help keep the Park beautiful, clean, and welcoming. Free, registration required. Ages 13+

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Imagination Playground & Uni Project
Sat. & Sun., May 21 & 22, 1pm - 4pm

Join us for a fun-filled weekend with these family friendly events! At Imagination Playground, channel Louis Kahn by building whatever you imagine with oversized, architectural blocks on the lawn. At the Uni Project, our pop-up reading room, come sit, read, draw, and explore a curated collection of books and hands-on materials. Free, no registration required.

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FDR Conservationist: National Parks and National Forests

An excerpt from

Franklin D. Roosevelt deeply appreciated the nation’s National Park System, and he fought to protect and expand it so that future Americans would always enjoy access to the restorative majesty of their landscapes. He displayed, advisor Rexford Tugwell noted, “a proprietary interest in the nation’s estate.”

One of the first things FDR did as president was to create the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal work-relief program that sent jobless young men from the cities into the forests and parks to work on conservation projects. They cleared brush and dead vegetation, planted trees, built firebreaks, fought forest fires, and improved campsites. They built shelters for visitors and cabins for park and forest rangers and worked alongside other relief workers hired through the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration to build the roads, bridges, and hiking trails visitors used to explore the parks.

Not content to merely restore existing natural treasures, FDR enlarged American parkland by placing dozens of historic sites and Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields under the care of the National Park Service. He authorized Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes to create new national parks, including Isle Royal National Park adjacent to Lake Superior in northern Michigan, Big Bend National Park in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, the Everglades National Park in the Florida marshes, and Kings Canyon National Park in the California wilderness. Continued here.

Photo: Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees clearing land, around 1934. The CCC—popularly known as "Roosevelt's Tree Army"—was perhaps the nation's first green jobs program. It sent unemployed Americans to work in national parks and forests clearing brush and dead vegetation, planting trees, building firebreaks, and improving campsites. Courtesy, National Archives is made possible by its lead donor, Stavros Niarchos Foundation. 
Freedom of Speech & Expression · Freedom of Worship ·  
Freedom from Want ·  Freedom from Fear
About the Park

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is the first memorial dedicated to the former President in his home state of New York. Located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City, it is the last work of the late Louis I. Kahn, an iconic architect of the 20th century. The Park celebrates the Four Freedoms, as pronounced in President Roosevelt's famous January 6, 1941 State of the Union speech.

Our Mission
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy operates, maintains, and programs Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park to the highest standard. As steward of this extraordinary civic space designed by Louis I. Kahn, the Conservancy advances President Roosevelt’s legacy and inspires, educates, and engages the public in the ideals of the Four Freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The Conservancy does this by:

•    safeguarding the memorial as a space for inspired use
•    fostering community and understanding
•    igniting conversation about human rights and freedoms today
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Imagination Playground is made possible by Amalgamated Bank, the bank of Roosevelt Island. The Uni Project is generously supported by NYC Council Members Ben Kallos and Mark Levine. 

Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions help to further the mission of the Conservancy and are tax-deductible as provided by law. A copy of our last filed financial report may be obtained by contacting us at 1110 2nd Ave, Ste 301, New York, NY 10022, 212-204-8831 or by contacting the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

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