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My Farewell Party from Railroad Square Art Park

Posted on Monday, May 26th, 2014

My position as manager of Railroad Square Art park has come to an end.  This week the park owners, Lily and Adam Boynton Kaye, put on such a beautiful goodbye party.   It was a love fest and I felt so honored and appreciated.  When I moved to Tallahassee 24 years ago I was stunned that a collage town had no cute downtown arty areas like Athens or Berkeley.  Fifteen years ago I began a wild ride of managing the art park with over 80 spaces to rent.  Along with the normal duties of collecting rent and daily bookkeeping there was a opportunity to grow a vital community of artists and store owners.  I gathered a group of people to help pick out vibrant colors to paint the park.  Over time a place that use to be considered “the other side of the tracks” became the coolest destination in town with a First Friday Gallery Hop hosting over  5,000 patrons.  Poised between two universities the growth of Railroad Square  is guaranteed to continue.

Little did I know my background in mental health would come in so handy…something I didn’t realize when I accepted the position as property manager.  I became a keeper of peoples dreams, a facilitator of clear communication, a liaison with the city, a strong leader with soft shoulder during tragedy and a good friend to all.  What I became to the park was not in my job requirement… it was just who I was…and am.  And what I became grew out of a deep love and passion for the arts and for people and an impassioned belief that creativity is the fuel that ignites a happy life…mine as well as all the tenants of Railroad Square.

My biggest take away is the relationships that I savor…the deep mutual respect and heartfelt connections I have always felt from and towards the owners of the park and team of beautiful people I worked with and also for the relationships I have developed with  so many tenants who will remain life long friends.

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2 responses to “My Farewell Party from Railroad Square Art Park”

  1. Lily says:

    What a beautiful and true writing. I love this sentence: “I became a keeper of peoples dreams, a facilitator of clear communication, a liaison with the city, a strong leader with soft shoulder during tragedy and a good friend to all.” You will never be replaced and your impact on Railroad Square and all of the creative minds who have been a part of it will be forever felt. We are so appreciative and will miss you dearly!

    • AdminE says:

      Thank you so much Lily!!! I am now crying…I just realized I spent 1/4 of my life at the park…wow!!! It was a blessing to be in the such an amazing community of people and to work with a brilliant, creative team…and to have your and Adam’s support and trust. big hugs

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