Finally, in 1977, the CCGF granted the land on the west side of Liberty Boulevard for an African American Cultural Garden.
According to a report commissioned by the CCGF, and funded by the Cleveland Foundation, it would cost more than $12 million to restore Rockefeller Park and over $250,000 yearly for maintenance, including lighting, parking, and other amenities.
Despite public calls for renewal the CCGF also began to view the Gardens as lost.
In a letter to the CCGF, Mark urged the organization to reconsider its support of the mayor's veto because the Chinese Garden would be the first addition in many years, and "the Chinese Gardens will help bring more visitors and tourists to visit all the Cultural Gardens in the area." Even more to the point, Mark argued that "this in turn will focus more public attention to the gardens for increased public support and may attract more ethnic communities to build gardens in the area rather than moving away or locating to the suburbs." Put another way, Mark believed that art could remake place in Cleveland.
(32.) Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation, Meeting Minutes, May 13, 1981, January 26, 1988, February 4, 1988, March 8, 1988, March 23, 1988, April 12, 1988, May 17, 1988, June 21, 1988, drawing February 1989, February 14, 1989, Minutes, CCGF, Wood Collection.