Fort Harrison Walking Park Newest Contribution to Downtown Beautification
The brand new Fort Harrison Walking Park provides an oasis in downtown Clearwater, FL.
CLEARWATER, FL, November 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, dedicated a new walking park this weekend. Located directly to the south of the Fort Harrison, on the site of a former county service station, the 38,000 square foot urban park connects the Church's Oak Cove property on Osceola Avenue with the Flag Building, now in its final preparation stages for its grand opening.
The dedication ceremony was held on Sunday the 3rd of November and attended by local Scientologists. The dedication was followed by an 'open house' and entertainment in the park.
The property was purchased by the Church in 2011. In April of 2013, the Church received a permit from the City of Clearwater to start the construction process. Within the last few months, the structures on the site - two small offices and a 1960's-era service station - were demolished to make way for the thoroughfare, which was rapidly constructed.
The former Fort Harrison Avenue eyesore was transformed into a park that includes more than 3,200 trees, plants and shrubs, of 32 different species. A 200 year old, forty-five foot tall live oak tree provides a backdrop for an oval lawn and pergola. A fountain, benches and decorative hardscape complete the park. The pavers and bricks used mirror the streetscaping done in the downtown area.
Though the property is privately owned, community members are invited to visit the park when they wish, said Church spokesperson, Pat Harney.
"It is our hope that the beautification of this site is something that will be enjoyed by our neighbors and people passing through the downtown area," said Ms. Harney. "Projects like this have been a part of the Church's heritage since our founder, L. Ron Hubbard, expanded and beautified the gardens at his home in England back in the mid 1960's."
The Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization is the international religious retreat for the Church. It is the largest Church of Scientology in the world and provides religious services to parishioners from six continents. Additionally, Flag's local Scientology community regularly participate in community outreach activities including the annual Winter Wonderland, drug education, tutoring and human rights education.
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