Liverpool: Washington Park dedicated at ceremony

Looking for a place to have that wedding or picnic? The village of Liverpool has just the place for you.

At a ceremony held Friday afternoon, the village dedicated Washington Park, now home to two white gazebos which will be available for public use. The gazebos were constructed with grants from Sen. John A. DeFrancisco and the Community Development Fund in the amount of $100,000 each.

The construction of the gazebos was the culmination of a restoration project that started some 16 years ago. With the aid of two other grants, the village constructed the brick wall that separates Washington Park from Oswego Road (Route 57).

"It started in 1991 with a T-21 transportation grant and an Empire State Development grant," said village Mayor Marlene Ward. "We wanted the wall to build a barrier between the park and the road. Over 40,000 cars pass by here every day. We wanted this to be a family place, and parents had to really keep an eye on their kids [before the wall was constructed] to make sure they didn't get too close to the street. The wall makes it a much more pleasant place. It helps to contain people in the park."

But Ward and the rest of the village wanted more for Washington Park.

"I always wanted gazebos," the mayor said. "I'd like to thank Sen. DeFrancisco and the Community Development Fund for helping us to get money for the project."

Also present for the dedication were DeFrancisco, Onondaga County Executive candidate Dale Sweetland, who is also the chairman of the county legislature, Nina Andon-McLane of Community Development, village DPW Superintendent Bill Asmus and village board members Dennis Hebert and Nick Kochan, as well as other employees of the village.

"The village has done a beautiful job," Sweetland said. "It looks great."

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