03 Oct Atlanta park named for Cuban immigrant undergoes significant redesign
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By: Becca J. G. Godwin,
After nearly half a year, structural improvements being made at a park named for Cuban immigrant and business leader Sara J. González are almost complete.
The former Coronet Way Park was renamed for González in 2009 following her death the year prior. González, who was founder of the Hispanic American Center for Economic Development, and served as president and CEO of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, was well-respected in the community.
Planners broke ground to redesign Sara J. Gonzalez Memorial Park in May. The project includes improvements such as wheelchair-accommodating sidewalks, a community plaza and new playground structures for children of all abilities.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the revamped park is scheduled for Oct. 9 at 11 a.m.
The park’s renaming effort was spearheaded by González’s daughter, Isabel González-Whitaker. The journalist was recently named the 2018 Cox Conserves Hero by The Trust for Public Land and Channel 2 Actions News, a Cox Enterprises company. Cox Enterprises also owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The program, which honors environmental volunteers, awarded González-Whitaker with a $10,000 donation to the nonprofit of her choice, Park Pride. If chosen as the National Cox Conserves Hero, a competition between the winners in eight markets, she’ll win another $50,000 toward a nonprofit. Votes can be cast until Oct. 15.