Fairview Park announces capital campaign (Debbie’s Lifestyles Photos Nov. 20)

 

Fairview Park is the only Black-owned park this side of the Mississippi and was developed in 1945 by the Monongahela Valley Sunday School Association that consisted of a group of African American churches from Westmoreland and Allegheny counties. This was during a time when segregation restricted access to other public amusement parks. At one point the park had a roller coaster, merry-go-round, a skating rink and a swimming pool. Those amenities are no longer there but the desire to maintain the park is still strong.

On Oct. 26, at Obama High School, the Historic Fairview Park held a tea party to announce the park’s capital campaign and celebrate its upcoming 75th anniversary in 2020. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, KDKA–TV’s Lisa Washington and state Representative Ed Gainey served as honorary tea pourers. Board Member Chris Moore of KDKA radio, PCNC and Chris Moore Communications served as master of ceremonies. Moore and board president Anita Jackson-Lowe spoke about the vision for the park and the need to retain Black ownership of the historic park. Jackson-Lowe is the first female president in the history of the board.

Historic Fairview Park is located at Old William Penn Highway and Rock Springs Road, Greensburg. Mark your calendar for the Diamond Gala in May 2020 at the Rivers Club and the annual picnic on Aug. 15 at Fairview Park.

SUPPORTERS—Linda Jackson, Lolly Jackson and Anita Jackson–Lowe (Featured Image)

by Debbie Norrell, Lifestyles Editor

 

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