Village of Owego asking the community for input on North Ave park design

OWEGO (WBNG) — It is really been far more than two many years due to the fact the Village of Owego was awarded $10 million as portion of New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Some of that income was set apart for a vacant lot on North Avenue.

The procedure of turning that vacant whole lot into a park is now commencing to get moving.

It’s setting up with an on the internet survey and Zoom meeting to get the community concerned in the layout process. The Village is teaming up with Tioga County and the Cornell Design and style Link workforce, a group of pupil planners and architects to develop the space.

“Neighborhood engagement is significant in comprehending how persons are likely to use a space so we truly want this park to reflect what individuals in the neighborhood want to see listed here,” reported Abbey Hendrickson, Neighborhood Enhancement Professional for the Tioga County Division of Financial Enhancement & Setting up.

Some strategies have already been posted on Facebook. They include fruit trees, a general performance phase, place to journey bikes, and quite a few many others.

Just one factor that has been advised but is not feasible is a parking garage. This is because the large amount where by the park will sit employed to be a pond termed Dodd’s Pond. According to a presentation which goes alongside with the survey, It was a popular gathering place for the community in the 1800’s before remaining crammed in. The tender footing left powering by the pond helps make a parking garage or substantial making not possible. Some parking areas might even so be a aspect of the remaining structure.

Whatsoever your strategy for the park may well be, Hendrickson states its essential to lead simply because which is how the style and design for the park will be coming alongside one another.

“We put out a study to acquire feedback so we will get all of that suggestions and then style connect will arrive at out to people today for additional info and then they will begin planning the park,” Hendrickson explained.

Owego Mayor Mike Baratta suggests he is fired up to see the undertaking going forward. He claims once the survey and preliminary style phase is entire the village can move forward with remaining style and design and development.

“We will be choosing a layout business for all of the village owned DRI initiatives quite quickly and they will perform with Cornell on this challenge, using it to completion,” he reported.

In addition to the survey, there will also be a local community Zoom conference future Thursday, April 8. You can uncover the study by clicking below. You can register for the Zoom conference by clicking right here.