The first milestone of the Connective Corridor in Syracuse is now a reality. A revamped city park is now a featured link between downtown Syracuse and Syracuse University.
It was 1839 when the then village of Syracuse declared the triangle shaped plot of land a public park. Forman Park now splits the eastbound and westbound lanes of East Genesee Street just past Interstate 81.
As part of the Connective Corridor, the park has been spruced up. Bright red benches, the hallmark color of the corridor, circle a three-tier fountain and plantings surround the tableau. Statues of two of Syracuse's early residents, including Joshua Forman, as well as a monument to fallen police officers, still anchor one end of the park.
Some onlookers gave their opinions during the park opening on Thursday.
"It's an old dinosaur that needed to be updated."
"It's sort of a facelift for the area."
"I love seeing what it can be. I can't wait to see as the public begins to find its way here."
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the Connective Corridor, meant to link Syracuse University to downtown Syracuse is more than the hardscape between the hill and the city.
"The Connective Corridor will connect not just the energy and vibrancy of Syracuse University to the vibrancy of the city, but it will connect us to the future,” Miner said.