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City Formally Opens Sankofa Park

By Staff

 

19509326318_fb62281c95_zMayor Stephanie Miner, New York State Senator David Valesky, Fourth District Common Councilor Khalid Bey, and other local officials, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 14, formally opening Sankofa Park to the community.

Valesky had secured $450,000 in state funding for the project in 2013, which city officials said was completed at the end of June. The park is located on South Salina St., adjoining Beauchamp Branch library.

“This new park is going to be an asset for the southside community, and I am pleased we have this project complete for neighbors to enjoy,” stated Mayor Miner. “This has been a labor of love for neighbors, and our partners, who have been invested in transforming this neighborhood for many years. The hard work of neighbors, city staff, and others, shows through in this beautiful new facility.”

According to the city, Sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana meaning “reach back and get it.” It is often associated with the symbol of a bird reaching back with its long neck, and symbolic of reaching back into the past; finding goodness, and using that as a foundation for progress in the future.

“This is an example of the type of progress that we can have with community, government, and university collaboration,” said Fourth District Common Councilor Khalid Bey. “Though small, the new Sankofa Park has had an immediate impact on the area, aesthetically and otherwise, and now stands as a central community gathering space within the newly coined Sankofa Neighborhood District.”

Sankofa is the Syracuse’s 53rd public park, and the city is home to over 1,000 acres of parkland.