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Council To Vote Tonight On Miller Park Sculptures

Council To Vote Tonight

On Miller Park Sculptures

Oneonta Common Council will vote tonight on accepting a $5,000 gift from Al Cleinman to purchase two sculptures from Dale Rogers’ “Spring Awakening” series, to be installed in Miller Park this summer. In addition, the vote will approve spending $3,500 from the Community Landscaping Fund towards the purchase, for a total of $8,500. Cleinman personally picked the pieces, in memory of the late mayor Dick Miller, who died unexpectedly Oct. 25, 2014. “He saw these pieces as a perfect representation of Life Enjoyed” said Mayor Gary Herzig.

 

Miller Park Officially Opened, Plans To Expand

Miller Park Opens

Friends, Family Gather At Site

To Honor Friend, Former Mayor

Mayor Gary Herzig, right, Andi Miller, left and scores of family, friends, and co-workers amassed at the corner of Main St. and the James F. Lettis Highway to honor the late Richard P. Miller with the official opening of Miller Park. After a few words of thanks from Mayor Gary Herzig, Miller's widow Andi thanked the crowd. "This is a great legacy for him. He was always everywhere, so having this park here, in the middle of everything is very fitting. For him, beautifying this city was not a cause, it was a passion. I think he would be really happy with it." The park was the brain-child of Al Cleinman and Richard Miller, who both believed strongly in beautifying entrances to the city. "We all have responsibilities to invest in the world around us." said Cleinman, "I could not have done this without the members of my team. Thank you to you all." A sculpture garden planned for the park and Cleinman is already forming plans to expand it father down the highway and to beautify the other side of the road as well. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mayor Gary Herzig, right, Andi Miller, left, and scores of family, friends, and co-workers gathered at the corner of Main Street and the James F. Lettis Highway to honor the late Mayor Richard P. Miller with the official opening of Miller Park.  After a few words of thanks from Mayor Gary Herzig, Miller’s widow thanked the crowd. “This is a great legacy for him. He was always everywhere, so having this park here, in the middle of everything is very fitting. For him, beautifying this city was not a cause, it was a passion. I think he would be really happy with it.”  The idea of dedicating the park for the former mayor was proposed by Al Cleinman, proprietor of Cleinman Performance Partners, who had collaborated with Miller to beautify a park on the other side of the intersection.  “We all have responsibilities to invest in the world around us.” said Cleinman, “I could not have done this without the members of my team. Thank you to you all.” A sculpture garden is planned for the park, and Cleinman is already forming plans to expand it father down the highway and to beautify the other side of the road as well. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Work Beginning On Park In Honor Of Mayor Miller

Work Beginning On Park

In Honor Of Mayor Miller

A city crew consisting of, from right, Mike Nader, James Knapp and Larry Harrison (in backhoe) began work yesterday on a park that will honor the late Mayor Dick Miller. At Lettis Highway and Main Street, the $25,000 project is being made possible by donations to a fund for a project to honor the former mayor, businessman Al Cleinman, and a city allocation. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
A city crew consisting of, from right, Mike Nader, James Knapp and Larry Harrison (in backhoe), began work yesterday on a park that will honor the late Mayor Dick Miller. At Lettis Highway and Main Street, the $25,000 project is being made possible by donations to a fund for a project to honor the former mayor, a contribution by businessman Al Cleinman, and a city allocation. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
City, Cleinman, New Asbury Plan Garden In Tribute To Dick Miller

City, Cleinman, New Asbury Plan

Garden In Tribute To Dick Miller

Plantings At Main, Lettis Highway Begin In Spring
Brian Fawcett's plan shows where plantings will be in new Miller Park.
Brian Fawcett’s plan shows where plantings will be in new Miller Park.

ONEONTA – The City of Oneonta, in partnership with Cleinman Performance Partners and Asbury Gardens, a few minutes ago announced plans to build Miller Park as a tribute to Oneonta’s late Mayor Richard Miller.

Brian Fawcett of the New Asbury Gardens, who has designed the park, is planning to begin construction in early Spring on the plot of land situated at the southwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and Lettis Highway.

The park will include year-’round plantings, a walkway, benches, and a sculpture garden.

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