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Environmental leader and TPSMA Member, Jean Packard, honored

Environmental leader and TPSMA Member, Jean Packard, honored

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2014

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Nancy Sargeant, Media Chair
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GROUNDBREAKING OF FACILTY AT OCCOQUAN REGIONAL PARK

Environmental leader and TPSMA Member, Jean Packard, honored

LORTON, Va. (September 30,2014)
Occoquan Regional Park, the future
home of the Turning Point Suffragist
Memorial is undergoing a
transformation. On Saturday,
September 27, 2014, our partner,
NOVA Parks (formerly known as the

From l-r; Brian Knapp, NOVA Parks Chair; Laura Grape, NOVA Parks Board Member; Sharon Bulova, Chair of Fairfax Co. Board of Supervisors; Jean Packard, honoree; U-S Congressman Gerry Connolly; Jane Barker, former chair and founding member of the TPSMA; Paul Gilbert, Exec. Dir. NOVA Parks

From l-r; Brian Knapp, NOVA Parks Chair; Laura Grape, NOVA
Parks Board Member; Sharon Bulova, Chair of Fairfax Co. Board
of Supervisors; Jean Packard, honoree; U-S Congressman Gerry
Connolly; Jane Barker, former chair and founding member of the
TPSMA; Paul Gilbert, Exec. Dir. NOVA Parks

Northern Virginia Regional Park
Authority) broke ground on the Jean
R. Packard Occoquan Center which
is a main component in a massive
facelift for the park.
The Center will be named for Jean R.
Packard, a long time Fairfax County community and civic leader who was the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Fairfax County
Board of Supervisors. Packard was also on the NOVA Parks board for 24 years until retiring two months ago.
She has been a driving force for environmental protection in Fairfax County for many decades. She also advocated for the creation of a memorial to the suffragists held at the Occoquan Workhouse. She recognized the significance of what happened at Occoquan and  because of her vision, efforts began to create a national memorial at Occoquan Regional Park.  Packard is a current member of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association.

Jean R. Packard Occoquan Center design

Jean R. Packard Occoquan Center viewed from River

The Packard Center will be a multipurpose building that will include a historic/environmental education area, a special event rental  space overlooking the Occoquan River, and a concessions area to serve boaters and other park patrons. The state-of-the-art facility will bring new visitors to the park and to the future Turning Point Suffragist Memorial.

Speakers at the groundbreaking included Jane Barker, former chair and founding member of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association; U-S Congressman Gerry Connolly; current Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Sharon Bulova; Lisa Andrews from GWWO Architects; and representatives of NOVA Parks.

Barker in her comments thanked Packard for “her vision to memorialize a great American story” that took place at the Occoquan Workhouse. She also said the living, national memorial to the suffragists is befitting of Jean Packard and “will be a creative educational tool to inform children and adults about what it took to win women the right to vote, helping all of us understand the effort and dedication often necessary to get things done.”

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (TPSMA) is an all volunteer 501c3 with the mission “to memorialize the suffragists whose harsh treatment at the Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton, Va., served as a turning point for the recognition of a woman’s right to vote; and to educate, inspire and empower present and future generations to remain vigilant in the quest for equal rights.” The goal is to see a memorial built and fully operational by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. It will be located in NOVA Park’s Occoquan Regional Park. Learn more about the memorial at  www.suffragistmemorial.org, follow us on Twitter @TPSM2020 and like our Facebook page.

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