The Azalea Park Neighborhood Sign on Poplar at Fairmount was dreamt up by Azalea Park neighbors twenty years ago. We enlisted Harmon Nelson to meet with the community and design the structure back in 2002 with the theme of COMMUNITY, UNITY, DIVERSITY AND CREATIVITY.
With support from our former councilmembers Christine Kehoe, Toni Atkins, Todd Gloria and Marti Emerald, we cobbled funding together from several sources. The city installed a new median for the sign and completed the structure in 2016. In 2018, neighbor and professional glass artist Vicki Leon designed the mosaics for the columns and led the Azalea Park Mosaic League, comprised of all neighbors, to install the mosaics on the column. Lastly, a team of neighborhood volunteers placed 16,000 pounds of white granite around the structure. Neighbors also maintain the area by weeding around the stones and picking up litter.
This neighborhood identification sign is much more than an outstanding piece of art sculpture. It is a monument to neighbors coming together to create a place we can proudly call home.