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Women's Park pays tribute to founder Roxcy O'Neal Bolton, June 10

MIAMI (June 05, 2017)

On Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10 a.m., The Women’s Park, located at 10251 W Flagler Street, Miami, will host a “celebration of life” for Roxcy O’ Neal Bolton (“Mother of the Park”), renowned pioneer feminist and women’s rights activist.  The public is invited to join the ceremony, which will include the planting of a yellow Poinciana tree in her honor.

Bolton grew up in Mississippi and relocated to Miami-Dade’s Coral Gables area in the early 1950s.  Among her numerous credits, she founded the Miami Chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW) and Women in Distress and was the driving force in the establishment of the nation’s first rape treatment center, located at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Women’s Equality Day.

Bolton died last month at age 90.  She is preceded in death by her husband Naval Commander David Bolton.  She is survived by her children Bonnie, David and Buddy.

A Miami-Dade County park founded June 16, 1992, The Women’s Park was the first park dedicated to women in the United States. It was created to honor all women past, present, and future for their contributions to the betterment of the quality of life in Miami-Dade County. Members of the original founding committee include Bolton, Bonnie Lano Rippingille, Molly Turner, Teresa Zorilla Clark, Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields, Leona H. Cooper, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, and Silvia Unzueta, as well as the late Elaine Gordon, Monna Lighte, and Helen Miller.

About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness and Conservation and Stewardship. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.

Who:
Miami-Dade County Parks
What:
"Celebration of Life" for the late park founder Roxcy O’ Neal Bolton
When:
June 10, 2017 — 10:00 a.m.
Where:
The Women's Park, 10251 W Flagler Street, Miami
Editor's Note:
Members of the public will join Parks and County officials for a tribute ceremony, followed by a planting of a yellow Poinciana tree in Ms. Bolton’s honor.