Haffye Hays Park - Greenville, FL
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N 30° 28.192 W 083° 37.947
17R E 247267 N 3373797
Haffye Hays Park is located in the Town of Greenville in Madison County, Florida, USA.
Waymark Code: WM87GG
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 02/14/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
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The park has a small lake, playground equipment, a picnic pavilion, and a gazebo. But the most special feature in the park is a memorial to Rhythm and Blues great, Ray Charles.

The Ray Charles Memorial is a full-size bronze statue that was sculpted by Bradley Cooley and Bradley Cooley Jr. in 2005. A plaque near the statue reads as follows:

Ray Charles "R.C." Robinson
(September 30, 1930 - June 10, 2004)

The musical genius known to the world as Ray Charles was a native son of Greenville and known to his childhood playmates simply as "RC".

Shortly before his birth, Ray's mother, 'Reitha Robinson went to Albany, Georga to stay with relatives. About one month later, 'Reitha brought her son, Ray, back home to Greenville.

Ray grew up poor, and learned to play the piano from the owner of the Red Wing Cafe. At age 7, Ray's sight failed and he was sent to The School For Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, where he continued his education and learned Braille. During holidays and summers, Ray returned to Greenville to visit his family and friends.

Ray was 15 when his mother died and he was on his own. He began to travel and exhibit his musical talents. The rest, as they say, is history. Over the years, Ray returned to his hometown from time to time, referring to it affectionately as "Greensville."

The roots of Ray Charles' musical genius started in Greenville, developing into a talent embraced by the world. He pioneered soul music and is considered one of the most outstanding musical talents of the century. His influence is felt in gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock and roll and country music. The singer, pianist and bandleader was 74 when he died on June 10, 2004.

The life-size bronze likeness of Ray Charles at the keyboard was created by Bronze by Cooley and stands as a permanent memorial to the legendary musician from Greenville.

Name: Haffye Hays Park

Street Location: U.S. Highway 90

Local Municipality: Greenville

State/Province, etc.: Florida

Country: USA

Web Site: [Web Link]

Memorial/Commemoration: Unknown

Date Established: Unknown

Picnic Facilities: One pavilion with eight picnic tables and benches, one gazebo.

Recreational Facilities:
Children's playground.

Monuments/Statues: Ray Charles Memorial Statue

Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): None

Fountains: None

Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: Small lake

Special Events: Unknown

Traditional Geocaches:
None in the park, but one a short distance from it (GC1QXXY).

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