Petition To Keep AIDS Memorial Downtown Returns With 300-Plus Signatures

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JAMESTOWN – A petition with more than 300 signatures seeking to keep AIDS Memorial Park in Downtown Jamestown was presented at a public input meeting Thursday night.

The director of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Pete Miraglia told WNYNewsNow a petition started by local artist Autumn Echo seeks to keep the park an AIDS Memorial and keep the location downtown.

Potter’s Terrace, also known as AIDS Memorial Park or Wood Park, was closed last month due to structural issues.

Miraglia said his group will continue to seek input from the community on what happens to the site. The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Board of Directors will ultimately be responsible for making a decision on what to do with the closed park.

“If a group wanted to get together to do a proposal, whether it was from the general community or a potential developer, we are open to everything right now,” said Miraglia. “I see this process as taking a while. This is not going to happen overnight.”

The meeting, held at Winter Garden Plaza, had around a half a dozen people in attendance. Most in attendance sided with the petition to keep the park downtown.

Miraglia says one of the biggest constraints the group faces is gathering funding to make repairs.

The deck was originally built over a basement of a burned down building, and over the past years has gone into decay.  An architect recently found that several nuts and bolts holding the deck together have begun to rust and suggested closing the park.


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