Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Newport dedicates, again, a park for hard working native

A new park on Newport's Westside, named after a city native, youth leader, and eventual political activist, was dedicated yesterday morning.

Tim Freudenberg Park, located at 725 Liberty Street, replaces the original park that was dedicated to Freudenberg in 1993. That park was temporarily removed due to an ongoing redevelopment of the area being undertaken by the city and Neighborhood Foundations, formerly the Housing Authority of Newport.

The new park was built by the Newport Recreation Department.

Freudenberg, a graduate of the University of Kentucky (UK), was in student government at the university when he first met future governor Brereton Jones, then on UK's board of trustees. He followed Jones into politics, serving as his Fourth District campaign coordinator in 1991.

Freudenberg was appointed director of boards and commissions, given the responsibility of selecting more than 2,500 members of state boards and commissions.

But he died shortly thereafter, from heart disease, at the age of 29.

"Tim was only with us a short time, but he accomplished much," Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso said in a prepared release. "We are honored to call him a Newport native and proud to dedicate this park in his memory. Let this park stand as a reminder that dedication, hard work and determination are rewarded and never forgotten."

Photo courtesy of Southbank Partners.

Previous reading on BC:
Housing Authority of Newport accepting renovation bids (10/23/08)
Saratoga Liberty Housing photo update, 7/23/08 (7/29/08)
Newport affordable housing photo update, 1/22/08 (1/28/08)