SYRACUSE — The Gateway Landscaping Project at the entrance to the Village of Syracuse is quickly becoming a reality.
With the majority of the project funded through the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Gateway Landscaping Program, and many hours of volunteer work, the new gateway park is nearing completion.
The committee, consisting of Gordon and Linda Fisher, Dorothy and Paul Amberger, Barbara and Jim Lawrence, Jeff Morris, Meg Guinther and Joy Bentley, started the planning process in January, making decisions as to what they would like at the mini-park.
Village Grant’s Administrator Fred Hoffman assisted in acquiring the grant, which is funded through ODOT by the Federal Transportation Enhancement Funds. Volunteers have been working each morning, along with village worker Larry Fields to complete the project.
Currently, perennials, trees and grasses are being planted, with mums to be planted in the fall.
Ann Bonner of the Ohio Department of Forestry met with us to make recommendations for trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials. Gordon Fisher drew up the plan to scale.
The grant pays for the soil, amendments, mulch, landscape building stones, and all the plants. One bench for the mini-park is being provided by funding from Home National Bank. The Village of Syracuse is providing funding for another bench, a frost-free water spigot, a village sign, edging for the walkway, and a Rizer family memorial plaque.
The land for the mini-park was donated by Milisa Rizer in memory of her mother. A dedication ceremony will be held after the park is completed.