How many opportunities does a community get to be involved with a project from the very beginning? That was one of the major topics of conversation at the Fiddlers Green Park Association's (FGPA) first board meeting of the year Feb. 4 at the Jamesville Community Museum.
The FGPA is dedicated to raising and keeping public interest in its main goal of designing and developing Fiddlers Green Park, located between North Street and Solvay Road in Jamesville, with Butternut Creek running through it.
The board has 10 members including President Gerald Aloi who said that the relationship between the town of DeWitt is key. While the group is still primarily in the planning stage, they want a park that will remain as natural as possible, with the addition of pedestrian bridges, landings and trails, but no buildings or other structures that would take away from what is already there in the park.
Aloi said that having the park up and running is still years away, but now is the time to start making real plans about what it should become, which is a cleaned out, cleared up, updated and accessible place for both walkers and people with cars to gather.
The Promotion and Education Committee displays the enthusiasm the association has for Fiddlers Green Park returning to the days of family picnics and other outdoor events. The committee, which consists of board member Sue Eiholzer, Barb Stratton of the DeWitt Historical Society and landscape architect Jean Gleisner, has made it their main priority to raise community awareness. By focusing on the idea of the uniqueness behind creating a park from nothing, these ladies will soon begin an extensive public relations campaign. The campaign will include giving presentations to other community organizations and reaching out to more media outlets, to make sure it is known that Fiddlers Green Park has a bright future.