A dedication ceremony is set for 10 a.m. to unveil the Tri-County First Responders Honor Park, located at the corner of Forest Drive and South Hamilton Street in Gang Mills, next to Interstate 99, Exit 11.

GANG MILLS | A new park in the Town of Erwin that honors local first responders will be dedicated Friday.

A dedication ceremony is set for 10 a.m. to unveil the Tri-County First Responders Honor Park, located at the corner of Forest Drive and South Hamilton Street in Gang Mills, next to Interstate 99, Exit 11.

The park honors firefighters, police, medical personnel and rescue personnel and teams, said Don Creath of the Corning Rotary Club, the lead sponsor of the project.

“These are the persons who rush into emergency situations to save life, limb and property from harm,” Creath said in an email to The Leader. “While this park will honor and remember fallen heroes, it will mainly honor all those who have ever served, especially those still serving.”

There will four honor beds - one for each category of first responder - with engraved 4-by-8” brick pavers to be placed in them for a $100 donation. The funds will be used to set up an endowment for maintenance of the park, and donations are tax-deductible, Creath said.

The honor park also features a lighted flagpole, lighted paved walkways, benches and landscaping.

There are trees scattered throughout the park, and a wrought iron fence and stone gateway at the entrance to the park. They were built by the state Department of Transportation as aesthetic enhancements during the recent Interstate 99 project, said Erwin Town Manager Rita McCarthy.

The DOT has transferred ownership of the land to the Town of Erwin, which will mow and trim the park.

The Steuben County Department of Public Works built the park this summer, with support from Chemung and Schuyler counties. Fagan Engineers donated the design work. Many individuals or organizations in the community donated money, materials or services, Creath said.

Friday marks the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and Creath said the new park will be used for annual Patriot Day observances in the future.

Brochures with applications for the engraved bricks are available at the Corning Information Center in Centerway Square, the Erwin Town Clerk’s Office, and the Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler county clerk’s offices. Those interested in purchasing a brick to honor a first responder may also call Creath at 962-4584.