City of Hornell Union Square Park

Revitalizing a Community and Honoring a Fallen Law Enforcement Officer

After the original Union Square closed in the 1970s to make way for New York State Route 36, known as Maple City Drive, there was a lack of open public space in the area for downtown residents to enjoy. Recently, LaBella completed conceptual plans through construction drawings to transform a former dry-cleaning store and vacant lot site into the new Union Square Park in the City of Hornell, New York. Designed with public gatherings in mind, the project features multiple spaces that are linked together by an integrated walkway network.

First, a 1,000-square-foot stage was constructed to host various community events and includes a paved amphitheater for presentations, musical performances, and ceremonies. The stage is furnished with special lighting and a power supply for a sound system. A power supply was also installed to serve vendors, including food trucks. Green space with trees and shrubs around the concrete plaza will serve to host festivals, a farmers market, and other events.

An at-grade water feature and fountain create a vibrant and distinctive attraction for residents and visitors alike and can be lit at nighttime by a specially designed LED lighting system. The fountain is large enough to accommodate a large Christmas tree and some of the holiday activities for which Hornell is famous.

Walkways connect the various use areas and special features, including a memorial monument to the fallen policeman Daniel Swift, who was killed in the line of duty 50 years ago (October 24, 1973). The project also includes a lighted park entry sign, ornamental pedestrian lighting, seasonally attractive accent plantings, and site furniture.

The park construction was funded by a New York State Downtown Revitalization (DRI) program grant of $765,000 along with an additional grant from the New York State Parks Department of $376,000. The City pitched in some of their own funds for a total construction cost of over $1.2 million.


City of Hornell Union Square Park Project Wins APWA NY Chapter Regional Project of the Year Award

In February 2024, LaBella and the City of Hornell were honored to accept a 2023 Project of the Year Award in the Structures (<$5 Million) category from the New York Western Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the City of Hornell Union Square Park project.

The APWA’s Public Works Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management, administration, and implementation of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who work together to complete public works projects.

Honoring Daniel Swift

The park is dedicated in memory of Daniel Swift, a police officer for the City of Hornell, who was killed in the line of duty 50 years ago on October 24, 1973.

On October 28, 2023, family members and city officials gathered for a ceremony to unvail a monument at the park in Daniel’s honor.

*Photo credit: Lynn Brennan Photography

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Hornell’s Union Square Park Now Open!

On November 2, 2023, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of the newly completed Union Square Park.

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Take a Virtual Walk in the Park

A conceptual rendering of Union Square Park was created to share with the public to help them visualize the layout of the new park and its features.