JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A project to turn what otherwise could be an overlooked infrastructure element into a vibrant nighttime display is complete.
Newly installed light displays are now in place at several landmarks around Jamestown’s waterfront.
While officials have been testing the feature over the past few weeks, Mayor Eddie Sundquist, along with other local leaders, gathered at Panzarella Park to officially “flip the switch” on the Riverwalk Illumination Project on Thursday night.
Funded via grants from the NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative, new colors light-up the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Coal Silo, Washington Street Bridge piers and abutments, and the Main Street Bridge arches over the Chadakoin River.
Mayor Sundquist hopes that this will help transform what otherwise would be a moot structure, and bring new life to it, while extending the use and purpose of the already popular riverwalk.
“We’re trying to take those buildings, those items, that during the day may look like they’re eye sores, may look like they got some other purpose, but at night if we’re able to light them up, change the mood, the look, the feel, people may feel more comfortable around them,” explained Sundquist.
The lights are interconnected as part of a citywide system, so going forward each landmark can be paired together to put on similar displays around the municipality.