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Hornell makes progress with new park

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Hornell has commenced construction on a new downtown park, Union Square Park, marking a significant milestone in the city’s efforts to revitalize its downtown area. The park is the first in a series of projects funded by the 2019 Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant and broke ground on April 10, 2023.

Situated on Seneca Street near Community Bank, the park will span just under an acre and will feature a memorial dedicated to fallen Hornell Sgt. Daniel J. Swift, who passed away in 1973. Additional amenities include lighted walkways, benches, a fountain, and an amphitheater.


The Hornell Common Council approved a construction bid of $1,244,742 from C.P. Ward in March 2023. Although the project was greenlit in 2019, it experienced multiple delays that increased its overall cost. To cover the additional expenses, New York State provided an extra $376,000 earlier this year.

Union Square Park is slated to celebrate its grand opening later in 2023, serving as a vibrant new addition to the heart of downtown Hornell.