Emancipation Park was purchased for $800 dollars by four freed slaves in 1872.

Now it will undergo a $33.6 million dollar renovation.

Houston’s Park and Recreation director Joe Turner, along with Mayor Annise Parker, announced the project during Juneteenth Celebrations at the historic park.

The city has allocated $2 million dollars towards the make over.

The Houston Endowment and The Kinder Foundation have each donated $2 million.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will add another $1million. Construction will begin sometime in 2013 and completion is scheduled for 2015.

The park’s community center, gym and swimming pool will all be remodeled and upgraded.

Emancipation Park is celebrating it’s 147th year as the historic park in Third Ward.

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