Forman Park opens with renovations
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Forman Park is open again after organizations around Syracuse spent more than a year planning and renovating the park. The park on East Genesee Street opened today, and the starting of the new fountain marked that.
Certain historical elements of the park have been preserved, including the police memorial and the Redfield-Forman monument. New elements to the park include benches, bike racks, a fountain, public art and walking paths.
Now that the park has been renovated and open again, city officials hope it will bring more people to Syracuse to enjoy the area.
"That's what we want to do in our park system. You know, New York City has a wonderful park system, we do too. But we want to make these improvements so people can come to the city, check into a hotel, stay overnight, enjoy our festivals, enjoy our restaurants,” said Baye Muhammad, Park Commissioner.
The park also includes "Save the Rain" green infrastructure elements, like more than 4,000 shrubs and perennials. The elements will capture about 119,000 gallons of storm water each year.