2004-10-01 / Community

Tribute Park Done By Spring 2005: Chamber

Work on Tribute Park is scheduled to get underway again, after a summer nearly void of activity, and completion is scheduled for spring 2005, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

The most recent delay, which stemmed from shoreline erosion at the site and the DEC permits needed to curb the problem, brought the project to a halt for the entire months of August and September. Work on the shoreline revetment is finally scheduled to begin again in about a week.

Before that delay, a review by the city’s Art Commission cost the project months.

The park’s committee met this week to discuss modifications to the floor of the pavilion dome. The original glass mosaic floor of the dome was deemed not durable enough for pedestrian traffic so it will be displayed separately in the park.

The Department of Parks and Recreation submitted two replacement designs for the floor, as requested by the Art Commission, but the committee felt that the designs were unacceptable, according to Chamber of Commerce President John Lepore.

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. has been negotiating with Parks to modify the floor design.

“The Parks Department seems amenable to produce a more acceptable design,” said Addabbo. “I am optimistic that we can work it out.”

Jonathan Gaska, District Manager of Community Board 14 said, “It appears that we have finally appeased all the city and state agencies and the project should begin to move more visibly from now on.”

With September 11 already past and news of other parks commemorating that day’s tragic events in the news, Addabbo offered an explanation to the families who lost loved ones and the community that has rallied with their donations to make the park possible.

“I know that it has been frustrating, but this site involved unique challenges that had to be met. This park will certainly happen, and when we finally have the ribbon cutting ceremony, it would have all been worth the wait,” said Addabbo.

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