Save AIDS Memorial Park!

Save AIDS Memorial Park!

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Autumn Echo started this petition to Officials Jamestown Parks, Recreation & Conservation Department

On Tuesday, July 30, 2019, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation announced the closing of AIDS Memorial Park. Also known as Potter’s Terrace, or Wood Park, the public space was originally built over the basement of a building that burned down many years ago. It was dedicated as a memorial to community members affected by HIV and AIDS.

Over the years, the park has experienced neglect & vandalism, with many memorial plaques having been damaged or missing. Due to other valid safety concerns in regards to the structural integrity of the park, it is no longer the public space our community has valued for many years. We would like to see that change.

JRC has communicated to the media that they would appreciate community feedback regarding the re-establishment of the memorial, as well as possibilities for the future of the site.

AIDS Memorial Park has long been a valued community space. It is home to events such as Wood Park Wednesdays, a summer music series organized by Active Artist Alliance, as well as many other live music and arts events. The park is also home to beautiful local artwork and has been a space for individuals and groups enjoying Downtown Jamestown to gather for many years.

It is our hope to communicate to the City of Jamestown our desire for AIDS Memorial Park to be re-dedicated as an officially recognized memorial park. We would like to see both Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and the City of Jamestown working to acquire the funds needed to repair, revive, and sustain this amazing public space.

We feel that the memorial need not be re-established elsewhere, but preserved at its original location downtown, in a place where future generations can appreciate and utilize the space as joyfully as they always have.

In addition to this online petition, we will be gathering physical signatures for as long as we need in order to send a big message to city officials for what we want to see. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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