Heritage Park* is a city of Syracuse project to reimagine the existing Columbus Circle and the area across Onondaga Street, known as the Powelson Site (see below), into a larger heritage and education site that celebrates the contributions of our richly diverse communities and their resilience to oppression.
A Heritage Park Advisory Commission has been established to recommend the design and educational content for the new park.
The purpose of the Heritage Park Advisory Commission is to encompass the community’s desire to:
- Acknowledge the Onondaga People as the original peoples of this land;
- Create a public space for healing, peace, rest, and gathering;
- Celebrate the many different peoples from many cultures that have contributed to our community’s identity and recognize their resiliency in the face of oppression;
- Acknowledge oppression in its many forms and its effects on our communities;
- Work with the Italian American Task Force to maintain the fountain basin and an Italian presence in the newly created Park.
Two main strategies under the purview of the Heritage Park Commission:
- Develop the content and inform the design of the Heritage and Education Site.
- Inform the City’s Request for Proposal (RFP) that will draw designers and artists.
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