Park Central - Little Rock

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About Park Central - Little Rock
A Global Humanitarian Initiative
Bringing the World to the Community…to your doorstep

Park Central Little Rock, is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization*, implementing a plan for the restoration and development of four (4) historic properties in Little Rock, Arkansas - all fronting the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. The overall vision is to create a global humanitarian park, a “People’s Park” - where all are welcome regardless of age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender or disability to participate in global awareness and change.

Using these houses as facilities for on-going research and education, our planning commission has the vision to challenge social, religious and racial discrimination; our mission is to meet even the most basic of needs by lessening neighborhood and environmental deterioration, disease, poverty and move from the pain of strife to the power of life.

Partnering with other life-changing organizations is part of our growing vision. In the next few months, you will be able to view our partnership with World Vision and how together we can bring worldwide global change to meet even the most basic of needs to individuals and communities around the world.

Yes, I want to join in the renovation! Donate NOW to help us in the restoration process. The houses will be restored to coincide with the time era of 1957.

The Founders
The birth of a humanitarian vision: July 2003
Grace Hayes Blagdon, Trishmonisha Blagdon Rogers, Patricia McGraw

While on a field trip to the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site during a Family Reunion in July 2003, Grace Hayes Blagdon and her daughter Onisha Blagdon Rogers, caught a mutual vision. By acquiring several of the houses on the block these two women envisioned a dynamic place to form a humanitarian park and global community. They began forming a collaborative initiative using three of the seven houses on the property. This initiative seeks ways to reconcile ethnic, racial and religious strife, world-wide poverty, disease, malnutrition, and a lack of education. The center of their vision emphasizes a global humanitarian park, and cultural responsive education as a catalyst for learning. Dr. Patricia McGraw, owner of one of the seven houses, joined the initiative team in October 2005.

Park Central Little Rock, a global humanitarian park, could not have happened without the help of a dedicated Planning Commission and architect who assisted in the journey from idea to conception. With the able assistance of the Planning Commission  and the gifted and talented architect, KWENDECHE, they moved through the approval process which included the City of Little Rock Planning and Development, the Neighborhood Associations, the National Park Service, the Planning Commission, the City Board of Directors and a host of well wishers.

World Vision as a Partner

Join us in meeting the most basic needs of children and their communities around the world!

Photo Credit: World Vision

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