City Council has declared 2010 to be the Waterfront Parks Centennial Year and St. Petersburg Preservation is sponsoring a number of fun and free events to celebrate the centennial. The second in a series entitled “Perspectives on the Parks” includes a performance by renown singer Sharon Scott followed by a panel discussion looking back at the history of segregation in St. Petersburg and how it affected who could use the waterfront parks. The panel, moderated by former Mayor Rick Baker, includes noted historian and author Dr. Raymond Arsenault, life long resident James Oliver and attorney Jacqueline Hubbard. A reception starts at 6 pm and the program begins at 7 pm at Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.
Go to the website to learn about waterfront park history, to find out about all of the centennial events or to purchase the beautiful centennial commemorative poster. Don’t forget to mark each Thursday in May on your calendar for Movies in the Park, enjoy live music starting at 7 pm and movies at dark in North Straub Park.