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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    A jazz concert was a good time to relax on opening day of Bearden Park, 08.30.13, in uptown Charlotte.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    A jazz concert was a good time to relax on opening day of Bearden Park, 08.30.13, in uptown Charlotte.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    A young girl enjoys the waterfalls on opening day, 08.30.13, of Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte. At night, the lights change colors.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Children enjoy the waterfalls on opening day, 08.30.13, of Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte. At night, the lights change colors.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Children enjoy the waterfalls on opening day, 08.30.13, of Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte. At night, the lights change colors.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Parents and children enjoy the waterfalls on opening day, 08.30.13, of Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte. At night, the lights change colors.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Children enjoy the waterfalls on opening day, 08.30.13, of Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte. At night, the lights change colors.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    A young girl enjoys running through the waterfalls on opening day, 08.30.13, of Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte. At night, the lights change colors.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Children enjoy the waterfalls on opening day, 08.30.13, of Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte. At night, the lights change colors.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    With the Charlotte skyline in the background, throwing a frisbee was fun on opening day of Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    A young girl takes a self photo of herself on opening day of Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    A couple takes a family photo at Romare Bearden Park on the opening day in uptown Charlotte.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    A poster commemorating Romare Bearden on the opening day of Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Opening day of Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte was a good time for young and old.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Opening day of Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Opening day of Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Opening day of Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Opening day of Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Opening day of Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Susan Donnelly, with the horticulture department of the Mecklenburg county Park & Recreation Department, plated black-eyed susans and purple asters at Romare Bearden Park. Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Jose Francisco, with Metrolina Landscape, works the bed around a new tree at Romare Bearden Park in the shadow of BB&T Ballpark in the background. Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Bricks were reused to build flower beds in Romare Bearden Park. Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    BB&T Ballpark rises in the background of Romare Bearden Park as workers clean pathways with a pressure washer Friday. Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Lee Jones (center) , division director and Jim Garges, director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Childhood Muse area of Romare Bearden Park is part of the "evacuative spine", a path that leads people through the park. Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Miguel Ibarra, with Metrolina Landscape, carries his weed trimmer at Romare Bearden Park. Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Iron worker Justin Humphries works on a feature at Romare Bearden Park. Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    (from left) Chad Grant, Kevin Moonmann andRobert Eldreth, are all electricians for Excel Electrical Technologies install lights into the ground at Romare Bearden Park. Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Manual misting towers sprout in a children's activity area of Romare Bearden Park. Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Iron worker Justin Humphries works on a feature at Romare Bearden Park. Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Workers with Metrolina Landscape prepared bedding areas throughout Romare Bearden Park. Jim Garges, director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Jim Garges (left), director and Lee Jones, division director with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department gave a tour of the still-under-construction Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Worker were planting flowers, installing lighting, sealing walls and building structures as efforts point to the official opening of the park next weekend.
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