August 9, 2018

Abandoned Property Gets Transformed into Neighborhood Park

The Chamber was honored to be part of the re-purposing of an abandoned piece of property off of Eastern Avenue in the City of Schenectady on Thursday, August 2nd.
In 2013, the Land Bank with the assistance of the City of Schenectady and the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority began a process to demolish neglected structures and re-purpose vacant land in this area as green space for the neighborhood.  With input from the neighborhood, the idea was born for Tribute Park.
Tribute Park was designed to be a vibrant and flexible neighborhood park that will serve residents of all ages and abilities. The park is in a central location well suited to serving the Eastern Avenue neighborhood.  The site itself is just under half an acre.  It was named Tribute Park to “commemorate the workers and laborers, who toiled in factories, built roads, erected buildings and, during war times, when our factories converted to tank manufacturing and other war efforts, dedicated themselves to supporting our country.”


Partners and donors included:

Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority

City Industrial Development Agency

City of Schenectady

Schenectady County

Schenectady Foundation

Carlilian Foundation

Wright Family Foundation

Eastern Avenue Neighborhood Association

Land Art Studio

ReTree Schenectady

C.T. Male Associates

Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation

MVP Healthcare.

Capital Region Rotary

Matthews Signs

Union College (Students participated in planting and cleanup efforts at the park)