UTICA -- The City of Utica held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday to celebrate the opening of Kemble Park in Utica's Cornhill.
The effort to restore Kemble Park dates back to the 90s. It has been through many transformations, from a soccer field, to an elementary school, and now a park for the community.
A group of neighbors in Cornhill took the initiative to restore the area of land that is now Kemble Park. The group attended school district meetings, common council meetings, and partnered with the Home Ownership Center and Cornell University to create a devlopment plan for the park. After listening to the ideas the residents had for the park, the City of Utica and the Camber of Commerce came together to bring their vision to life.
The park cost approximately $875,000 to complete, with most of the money coming from state grants. The park features a basketball court, a pavillion, and a mural which serves as the backdrop for the park.