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'''Lee Park''' is a [[Charlottesville Department of Parks and Recreation|Charlottesville City Park]], centrally located in downtown Charlottesville, and home to many festivals.
#REDIRECT [[Market Street Park]]
The city's [[Charlottesville Comprehensive Plan|comprehensive plan]] classifies Lee Park as an 'urban' park<ref name="compplan10">{{cite web|title=Charlottesville Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 10|url=http://www.charlottesville.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8182|author=|work=|publisher=City of Charlottesville|location=Charlottesville, Virginia|publishdate=|accessdate=October 19, 2010}}</ref>. The park is often used for festivals and music performances. The western side of the park is used as seating space for the [[Garage]].
The park was established in 1918 on land donated to the city by [[Paul Goodloe McIntire]]. <ref>{{cite web|title=Lee Park|url=http://www.youtube.com/user/audiotourcville#p/u/4/0js1N8thujc|author=audiotourcville|work=|publisher=audiotourcville|location=|publishdate=July 25, 2011|accessdate=August 19, 2011}}</ref> McIntire also donated the statue of Robert E. Lee that is the centerpiece of the park. It was unveiled on May 21, 1924 during a Confederate reunion.
At the 2012 [[Virginia Festival of the Book]], City Councilor [[Kristin Szakos]] has raised questions over whether the Robert E. Lee statue in the park should be removed out of a concern it celebrates the state's Confederate past. <ref>{{cite-progress|title=Historian talks Civil War as councilor wonders if statues should be torn down|url=http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2012/mar/22/historian-talks-civil-war-councilor-wonders-if-sta-ar-1787271/|author=Ted Strong|pageno=|printdate=March 23, 2012|publishdate=March 22, 2012|accessdate=March 29, 2012|cturl=}}</ref>
==Occupy Charlottesville==
The group [[Occupy Charlottesville]] began a protest campaign in mid-October 2011 which involved setting up tents to establish a permanent presence in the park. The city granted a series of permits allowing the occupation to continue and the current permit expires on {{as of|2011|11|24|alt=November 24, 2011}}. <ref>{{cite-progress|title=Occupiers face balancing act with some who've joined in|url=http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2011/nov/05/occupiers-face-balancing-act-some-whove-joined-ar-1438082/|author=Graham Moomaw|pageno=|printdate=|publishdate=November 5, 2011|accessdate=November 7, 2011|cturl=}}</ref>The ongoing occupation prompted questions from [[Jefferson Area Tea Party]] chair [[Carole Thorpe]] regarding whether the city showed favoritism by granting the group a permit. <ref>{{cite-cville|title=
Jefferson Area Tea Party chair suspicious of Councilor Brown comment|url=http://www.c-ville.com/Blog/This_Just_In/Jefferson_Area_Tea_Party_chair_suspicious_of_Councilor_Brown_comment/?act=post|author=Brendan Fitzgerald|pageno=|printno=|printdate=|publishdate=October 18, 2011|accessdate=November 7, 2011}}</ref> The city evicted protestors on November 30, 2011 and 18 people were arrested. <ref>{{cite-progress|title=Officials hear 'death knell' of Occupy Charlottesville|url=http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2011/dec/01/officials-hear-death-knell-occupy-charlottesville-ar-1508259/|author=Graham Moomaw|pageno=|printdate=|publishdate=December 1, 2011|accessdate=December 5, 2011|cturl=}}</ref>
==Local Voices, Local History==
| '''VIDEO CREDITS''': Narrated by [[Preston Coiner]];<br> Graphic design: Jen Fleischer; Project Manager: Kristin Rourke.
==External links==
*[http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=354 Lee Park on City's website]
*[http://www.youtube.com/user/audiotourcville#p/u/4/0js1N8thujc Audio tour video]
[[Category: Charlottesville Parks]]
[[Category: 1918 establishments]]
[[Category:North Downtown]]

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