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367 Doris Leeper

Posted By ivan vanegas, Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Location: Women's Park 

Address: 10251 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33172

Dedication: I dedicate this garden in honor of one of the "Important Floridians” Doris Marie Leeper (1929-200). She, a commended visual artist and environmentalist, was internationally recognized as sculptor and painter who successfully executed many large-scale projects and whose work has been collected by over 100 museums, corporations, and individuals all around the country. Leeper moved to Florida in 1958 and gave voice towards the preservation of Florida's natural heritage by endorsing public education about land use management and conservation. She is recognized with being influential and active in the making of the 58,000-acre Canaveral National Seashore, built in 1975 by an act of Congress, which remains as the longest stretch of undeveloped beach on Florida's east coast. I planted this garden in one of the first parks in the nation to be dedicated to women, the Women's Park, which commends the contributions women have made to improve the quality of life in Miami-Dade County. Leeper was a very influential women in Florida, and her diverse efforts with art and the environment to better our home state is a perfect example of what this park stands for. This 15 acre park lake side park actually provides the community with the Roxcy O' Neal Bolton Women's Histoy Gallery, paying respects to important women in our community, just as Leeper is to all of Florida. She is a perfect representation of the fact that all it takes is a local effort to make a change to improve our environment, which in return can reflect on a larger scale and possibly leave mark on society.  

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