The project began in 1973 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor John Lindsay as part of a plan to reinvent Roosevelt Island into a vibrant, residential community. Since then, the community has been created, however, the memorial park had been stalled until spring of last year. The undertaking has required patience, memory and determination – and 32 years before the Roosevelt Institute resurrected the partnership with the City and State and undertook to raise the funds and construct the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. On March 29, 2010, construction began and is scheduled to open in 2012. The park will serve as a memorial to the president and his “Four Freedoms” speech - proposing the fundamental global freedoms of speech, worship, want and fear.
Designed by Louis Kahn, the park is located immediately south of the landmark Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and it will be an extraordinary addition to the landscape of New York. Visible from the air and from so many vantage points throughout the City, it will be to the East River what the Statue of Liberty is to New York Harbor: an inspiring civic space, and a beacon of America’s purpose and commitment to freedom. (read more)