Sun Yat-Sen Park, 1976


This small narrow park runs about a half block between West 24th Place and Interstate Highway 55, which runs in a wide trench just to the south.  It seems to have been built as partial compensation for the loss of Hardin Park at 25th and Wentworth, destroyed when the Interstate was built.  Traffic noise and exhaust fumes keep it from being a restful spot but it does provide some greenery for the community.

Named for Sun Yat-Sen (Sun Zhongshan), the first president of China, the park features a bust of him on top of a stone pillar incised with a quotation from Confucius in Chinese.  The back of the pillar bears an English translation by G. H. Wang, one of Chinatown's leaders in the 1940s through 1980s.

Sun Park 1

Sun Park 2