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Barker Common construction set to begin

The historic Barker Common is about to receive a makeover. The village of Fredonia has secured funding from the New York State offices of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as well as Empire State Development in order to help redevelop the park and provide improvements for generations to come.

After a thoughtful planning and design process, the village is set to start construction this week. New improvements include:

¯ new water permeable pavers that will be installed in the area where concert goers sit near the gazebo;

¯ new benches;

¯ new trash receptacles;

¯ electrical and plumbing upgrades; and

¯ cosmetic improvements to the lawns and sidewalks.

Barker Common was deeded to the town of Pomfret in 1825, and has the distinction of being the first public park in Chautauqua County. Its traditional town center design is made unique by the variety of mature trees growing there, from Ash to Zelkova trees. In addition to its natural beauty, the Common also features the distinctive fountains and gazebo

The improvements abut to be seen in the park will make it a more comfortable space for hosting events such as farmers markets, festivals, concerts and more. Construction will begin this week with site preparation and is set to be completed by the end of October.

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