Heritage Park* at Columbus Circle will be a new city park that celebrates our richly diverse community. It will be a heritage and education site that acknowledges the Onondaga People as the original peoples of this land and recognizes the many contributions to our community by those who have faced obstacles of oppression. It will be landscaped for natural beauty, with areas for people to sit or gather, and include educational content as well as a feature element work of art.
A Heritage Park Commission has been convened to develop the new park and is seeking your help in contributing to the educational content.
Commission members, in collaboration with the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA), are asking you to answer the following two questions:
- What are the contributions of your community to the Greater Syracuse Community?
- What are the obstacles of oppression experienced by your community in Syracuse?
PLEASE think carefully about your responses. You may provide as many examples (of contributions as well as oppression) as you wish in your responses but PLEASE keep your examples limited to single words or short phrases.
Some examples of answers we have received so far:
- “Redlining” is a word that is an example of oppression that people experienced that limited access to housing in many areas of the city.
- “Traditional foods” is an example of a contribution that introduced our community to your native cuisine.
- “Job discrimination” is an example of oppression
- “Musical genres” is an example of a contribution.
Your responses will form the basis of the educational content and will also inform the designs for the landscape and the feature element work of art. They will be incorporated into the Request for Proposals (RFP’s) that will be open to artists who will submit designs.
Please use the form below to submit your feedback:
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