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Jim Kirk Park Dedication Ceremony Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m.

Post Date:02/14/2018 9:19 AM

OCALA, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2018) – A dedication ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. for Jim Kirk Park. The ceremony will take place at the playground located at the 2900 block of NE Ninth Street.     

In the 1960s and 1970s, Jim Kirk served as a City of Ocala councilman and then later as Mayor for three terms. He owned WMOP and WFUZ radio stations where he also hosted a morning show “Country Jim.” Mr. Kirk’s legacy to Ocala’s citizens also includes purchasing what is now the Marion Theater and gifting the building to the City. He was also a driving force behind the Appleton Museum of Art. Mr. Kirk, a 60-year resident of Ocala, passed away in 2015 at the age of 88.

This event is free and open to the public. Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.

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