Six years ago the Legacy Children's Foundation embarked on a journey to transform the Madison Park from a violent, drug-infested green space to a thriving, safe place for the Golden Ridge/Madison neighborhood residents to enjoy.
The park, located west of Madison Elementary School in Fargo, is a collaboration of Legacy Children's Foundation, Fargo Park District, Fargo Public Schools, and other community organizers intended to provide a safe, positive environment for area children to play.
The dedication today celebrated the park's successful transformation and the community partners that came together to make this vision come to life. Despite the rainy weather, spirits were high among the attendees as they huddled under the white tent and their umbrellas during the speeches.
In addition to the skate and bike areas, the park features brick artwork created by the Fargo Public Art Commission (FPAC). The FPAC involved children and adults in the community to design, carve, and help build these pieces that incorporate their multicultural backgrounds. The art structures were completed on a fast-track time frame beginning in April. After 2,250 hours of planning, creating, and laying of approximately 5,500 bricks, the sculptures were completed!
The art pieces include a brick archway at the entrance with a colorful mosaic wall/seat and a 30-foot long playground lizard with seating area, which turned out to be the largest brick sculpture in North America!
HEI, one of the proud partners in this project, donated nearly 50 hours of time in designing the pavement foundations for the brick sculptures. We're excited for the community to enjoy the newly renovated Madison Park for years to come.
To learn more, visit http://fargobricksculpture.strikingly.com/