Success Park Showing Its Success; the 2-Acre Setting Lies on the Edward Waters Campus

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Byline: Janay Cook

Jacksonville's Success Park opened Tuesday after being postponed for a month due to heavy rain and after more than a year of construction.

The grand opening attracted a crowd of city children, residents and officials.

The ceremony opened with tunes from Edward Waters College's Triple Threat Drumline. Also on hand were Mayor Alvin Brown, EWC President Nat Glover and Irvin Cohen, director of New Town Success Zone. They marched down Pearce West Street signaling the park's completion.

Brown said the park brings life back to the community.

"I am very proud," he said. "The park really shows a true power of partnership between the public and private sector where you have the business community to invest along with President Glover."

Success Park provides a safe place for children to play in Jacksonville's New Town community. PeDro Cohen, the Success Zone's director, said a safe place for children to play was one of the needs the New Town community identified during a health survey in 2010.

The 2-acre park sits on the campus of EWC at the corner of Pearce Street and Third Street.

Just 13 months after ground was broken, Brown joined by Glover, Pam Paul, co-chair of New Town Success Zone, parent Peggy Wade and children from the Boys and Girls Club cut the ribbon that opened it. …