City of Syracuse, SU celebrate the reopening of Forman Park

May 31, 2012

The City of Syracuse, Syracuse University and several project partners celebrated the reopening of Forman Park on East Genesee Street on May 31, starting the park’s new fountain to mark the opening of the space.

Forman ParkThe recent completion of construction at Forman Park represents years of investment and marks a significant milestone as Forman Park is the first component of the Connective Corridor to be completed. Historical elements of the park, such as the Police Memorial and the Redfield/Forman monument have been preserved, while new amenities, such as benches, bike racks, a fountain, green infrastructure, landscaping, lighting, public art and walking paths have been added.

The total cost of the project is approximately $2,062,619. Funding sources include grants from DASNY and ESD through SU, the City of Syracuse, funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Onondaga County “Save the Rain” program.

The Forman Park project includes “Save the Rain” green infrastructure elements. In total, 4,045 shrubs and perennials will be planted as part of this project, capturing approximately 119,000 gallons of stormwater annually.

“The completion of Forman Park’s reconstruction is a major milestone in the Connective Corridor’s development,” says SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. “The hard, collaborative work of many partners has both restored and rejuvenated a public space at one of the city’s vital geographic and cultural anchor points. Its fresh design reflects the innovative approach to engaging the public that we’re seeing all along the Corridor and points to the promise of more great things to come.”

“Our city parks are key social and cultural engines in our community and we are pleased to reopen Forman Park to the public as summer arrives,” says Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner.