Olmsted Network President & CEO Dede Petri with Memorial Park Association Board President Patrick Emmet. Photo Kram Kran Photo.

On January 20, Memorial Park Association kicked off its centennial festivities with a gala at the Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, FL. Olmsted Network President & CEO Dede Petri joined members and supporters for an evening of celebration and reflection on Memorial Park’s history and future.  

During the event, Petri reminisced about the park’s Olmsted roots, underscoring the park’s connection to a global network of Olmsted places. She emphasized that Memorial Park’s legacy remains in capable hands under the stewardship of Memorial Park Association.

In honor of the park’s centenary, Petri presented a special resolution to Patrick Emmet, President of the Memorial Park Association Board. The resolution commemorated the 1922 commission by Ninah M.H. Cummer of the Olmsted Brothers. It also highlighted the association’s genesis in 1986 and continuing campaign of restoration and renewal. The full resolution can be read here.

The last paragraph of the resolution reads, “The Olmsted Network applauds all those who have supported Memorial Park over many decades; acknowledges their success, as well as the need for their continued dedication; and celebrates Memorial Park’s 100th anniversary and the important role it plays in the history of Jacksonville, FL, and the history of great urban parks in America.” 

To see more photos of the event, visit our Flickr album