Mayor Stephanie Miner, and Syracuse Parks Commissioner Lazarus Sims, dedicated a new playground in Washington Square Park, Dec. 14. The playground had been the idea of neighborhood residents, and was built with donations from community groups, and in-kind services, city officials said.
“When neighbors work together, and seek support from community organizations, we can create amazing things that enrich the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Miner stated. “I would like to thank the many activists, and donors, whose dedication and support made this project possible. I am pleased the city of Syracuse could work with these citizens to make this project a reality, and make the Washington Square Park area a better neighborhood.”
According to the city, the park was built with support from the Allyn Foundation, the CNY Community Foundation, the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, Home Headquarters, and the Northeast Hawley Development Association. In-kind construction services were provided by Hayner Hoyt.
“The neighbors in the Washington Square Park neighborhood have enjoyed a successful partnership with the city of Syracuse in their revitalization,” Washington Square Park activist Maureen Dore stated. “This beautiful new playground, and landscaping, is a result of that partnership, and many children and families in the area are enjoying it. It is an inspiration to keep the neighborhood moving in a positive direction.”