In 1968, the Park Department received a petition to establish a park near 10th and Agnes from area residents. The department agreed that it was desirable idea to pursue as part of a general rehabilitation program covering several blocks south and east of the Independence Plaza area spearheaded by a group called “Residents for Renewal”.
In 1968 a contest was held to choose a name for the proposed park/playground, as well as for an additional proposed park at 12th and Prospect. Harmony Playground was chosen by a committee of residents for the property at 10th and Agnes and Prospect Plaza for the one at 12th St. and Prospect.
In 1971 the first property for Harmony was accepted by the Park Department from the Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority for a playground. A grant was obtained to help develop the property.
Harmony Playground was dedicated in August 1974. Additional property was acquired in 1978 to enlarge it from 1.3 acres to 1.4 acres.
The playground name was dropped in the 1980s and it was called Harmony Park.
Special thanks to The Salvation Army for being our Partner in Park!