BUFFALO—Throughout the upcoming summer, Buffalo will have its fair share of vacant buildings and waterfront lots finding new life. Now, it can add a forgotten downtown park to its generated resurrection.
After months of planning with the City of Buffalo's Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets, students and faculty of neighboring Erie Community College will work to complete the first phase of their collaborative Fireman's Park Beautification Project inside downtown's Fireman's Park (between North and South Division Streets) on Friday, April 27th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The ongoing project—developed by ECC's Service Learning, Building Management and Maintenance, and Architecture departments with the City—will give students the opportunity to receive on-site training as part of their program curriculum's necessary service learning component, as well as the opportunity to revitalize a downtown park once established to honor the City of Buffalo's firemen.
“ECC has long supported the tireless work of our local firefighters, whether in our communities or in our classrooms,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “To be able resurrect this downtown park not only for them, but for our own students and with the City of Buffalo is a great opportunity for our college.”
Students and faculty from the school's Building Management and Maintenance Department will execute this semester's planned improvements—which will consist of replacing the wood on all 14 benches and turning the park's inoperable, neglected fountain into a multi-tiered garden—throughout the morning and afternoon of April 27th.
After this initial transformation, ECC plans to continue devising service learning projects to enhance the park's aesthetics and public viability through its aforementioned departments in future semesters. Preliminary ideas that have been discussed include the addition of flower beds along the park's four entry ways, enhanced overhead lighting and standing art to honor city firemen.