SPRINGVILLE—The Village of Springville marked the completion of Heritage Park and the Public Safety Building with a ribbon cutting Wednesday. Officials from the village, county and state were present to celebrate the partnerships that helped complete the projects.
Both projects were funded in part by grants awarded to the village. Heritage Park received grants from the Erie County Environment and Planning Smart Growth Grant, in the amount of $325,000; a Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance grant of $29,000 and a New York Main Street grant of $15,000. The Erie County Environment and Planning grant was used, in part, to reconstruct Factory Street.
The village was awarded a $75,000 State Municipality Facility Program, through the state, for the Public Safety Building.
“We couldn’t have done this without the partnership from Erie County and the state,” Springville Mayor William Krebs said. “It’s such a big project, and there are so many people to thank.”
On hand to celebrate the completion was New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan, Erie County Commissioner of Environment and Planning Tom Hersey, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard, Erie County Legislator John Mills and Springville Fire Department First Chief Dennis Dains.
Heritage Park is a multi use park with a quarter mile trail, the SkatePlex, picnic shelter, bathrooms and an electric car charging station. The centerpiece of the park is a performance gazebo donated by the Waterman family.
The Public Safety Building, at 65 Franklin St., houses equipment and trucks for the Springville Volunteer Fire Department, the Springville Control Center, Erie County Sheriff substation, the Springville Police Department and the Springville Court. The building was designed to be a command center for the village and town in the event of a multi-day emergency situation.
“We realize public safety is not just the function of responders, but a partnership with officials,” Howard said.
The Springville Control Center serves as the dispatch for Springville, Concord and Sardinia. Dains called the center a “vital piece” of safety and thanked all those involved in getting the Public Safety Building completed.
Construction of both the park and the building began in 2016, though the planning began in 2000. Krebs said plans for the area changed multiple times over the years, but with the increase in walkability and streetscape projects the village has completed, a park was the logical next step. In 2012, village officials sat down with representatives from the Fire Department to discuss long term needs, and the idea for the Public Safety Building was created.
“It has taken years to complete,” Krebs said. “It’s thrilling to have this completed.”
Mills said the completion of both projects signifies a good example of local and county government working together. He noted the shared services within the Public Safety Building is something all communities should work toward. Hersey congratulated the village for creating a more walkable and liveable community.
Krebs also thanked the business community and the residents of Springville for their patience and understanding during construction.
“The business people in Springville and the residents made it all possible,” Krebs said. “I want to give a heartfelt thanks to all of you for putting up with road closures and inconveniences.”