Gowanda hears veterans’ proposal on park

GOWANDA – A Gowanda resident has big ideas for the area along Cattaraugus Creek.

The Gowanda Village Board has completed work on a park, which has been unofficially named Veterans Park, located on South Water Street.

Fran Ross, a member of a local veterans group, approached the village board with an idea for a retention wall along Cattaraugus Creek below the park.

Ross said sitting at the American Legion looking across the creek, the retention wall looks like it could use some rehab. Ross had envisioned a mural along the wall that honors all branches of the military. He said the mural could incorporate local veterans or students to paint the mural but also could be a “good viewpoint” from along Cattaraugus Creek.

“It would be a good asset to the village and to the veterans,” Ross said.

Mayor Heather McKeever said the village has wanted to clean up the creek on both sides prior to the park’s completion. Trustee John Certis said the park was given the name of Veterans Park unofficially since the village wanted to work with local veterans groups to place a monument there.

The plans never came to fruition but the name stuck. The board thought Ross’ idea was great. They told him to consult with veterans groups to see if interest is there to support the idea and to follow up with the village board at a later meeting.

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