Pocket park set to officially open tonight

Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow, pictured above with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this month at Water Street Square, will welcome the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony of the new public space this evening (Tues, Aug. 20).

OSWEGO — Mayor Billy Barlow will host an evening soirée tonight to celebrate two signature achievements of his first term.

Barlow will cut the ribbon at 7 p.m. this evening on Water Street Square, the so-called pocket park carved from the former parking lot between Water and West First streets between Bridge and Cayuga streets. The pocket park was one of 10 projects chosen to receive state funds as part of the Downtown Revitilization Initiative. The event tonight will also mark the end of the State Route 104 Complete Streets project, responsible for much of the heavy work recently done on the downtown corridor’s roads, sidewalks and crosswalks.

The city’s open container ordinance will be relaxed in the pocket park area this evening to give the public a chance to “stop into a local business, get a drink and come down to see the new park,” Barlow said in a social media posting.

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