The Central Park Five ~ now known as The Exonerated Five~ have worked tirelessly toward criminal justice reform since their release. Now, a permanent exhibit will be installed in the northeast part of the park in their honor, near where the teens entered on that fateful night in April, 1989. The installation will highlight a fight for justice.
Elizabeth W. Smith, President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy, joined with New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, to unveil designs for a transformative project that will create a beautiful new recreational facility seamlessly integrated into the landscape around the Harlem Meer. The project will repair the damaged landscape, improve the ecology of the north end, and re-establish long-severed connections to one of the Park’s most picturesque areas. The new facility will replace the aging pool and rink, which has suffered from systemic problems since it was built and obstructs the flow of people, views, and water through the Park.
Take a peek (below) at current construction in the Harlem Meer in October via abc7. Completion anticipated in summer of 2024. Breaking ground for a new Harlem Meer Center.
Scroll to the end for information on the unveiling of The Gate of The Exonerated and ‘In Conversation with The Exonerated Five’ at The Schomburg Center. Both events, December 19th.