CORNING | Plans are in the works for a small park on the Corning Community College campus to honor the area’s firefighters, police and other emergency responders.
It would be called First Responder Park. The project is being spearheaded by the Corning Rotary Club.
The park – to be located in the area between CCC’s science building and gymnasium –  would include a flagpole, benches and landscaping, said Don Creath, co-chair of the Rotary Club’s planning committee for the project.
There would also be “honor beds,” or sections where folks can dedicate engraved brick pavers to honor emergency responders, both current and former, Creath said. There would be different sections for police, firefighters, medical workers and others, such as National Guard soldiers, he added.
“These are the people who rush into an emergency situation to save life, limb and property from harm,” Creath said. “We’re honoring all who have ever served as a first responder.”
The park could be used for remembrance ceremonies on occasions such as Patriots Day and Sept. 11, Creath said, and it would also be a quiet place where CCC students can relax or study.
The park would be fairly unique, Creath said.
“As far as we can tell, this would be the first park in New York state that would honor current first responders. Most of them are memorial parks that honor those who gave their lives,” he said.
The Rotary Club will be fundraising for the project, and intends to build it as a fully-funded gift to CCC. The college’s Board of Trustees will have to formulate a policy for accepting such a gift, and it may be discussed at the next meeting, Creath said.
The Rotary Club will also be seeking the support of Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties, the three counties served by CCC.
The Steuben County Legislature will vote on a resolution of support at Monday’s meeting, said Steuben County Deputy Manager Jack Wheeler.
If all goes well, the park would be installed in 2015 and dedicated on Sept. 11, 2015, Creath said.
The park would be similar to the Veterans Memorial Park on Park Avenue in downtown Corning, the war monument that was upgraded several years ago. That was also a Rotary Club project that Creath worked on.
Anyone interested in dedicating an engraved brick paver or supporting the project may call Creath at 962-4584.