The vision and plan for these 44 acres began in 1994 when Mr. Sidney Colen established the Horticultural Arts & Park Institute, Inc., a charitable foundation. Mr. Colen named the Park in honor of his maternal grandfather. Horticulturalist Steve Curl directed the Park’s design and supervised the construction of the Park’s features. Park management and long-term commitments by its board of directors keep Sholom Park thriving today.
Combining an abundance of native plants with cultivated ornamentals, perennials, and annuals, Sholom Park was designed to thrive in our Central Florida climate. Much of the Park requires little or no watering, beyond that which is provided by nature.
Approximately 2.05 miles of paths are available for visitors to walk or jog through mature oaks, hickories, sweet gums, and long leaf pine trees, linking one trail or feature to the next. Visitors are encouraged to explore all of the Park. Numerous benches are available along pathways for visitors to rest or to sit peacefully for contemplation.
The official opening celebration of Sholom Park was held on October 17, 2004. The grand opening and ribbon cutting were attended by hundreds of friends of Sholom Park, local government, civic leaders and the board of the Foundation.