Westfield – The Westfield Foundation announced the establishment of Foundation Park and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2016 with Mayor Andrew Skibitsky, members of the Town Council, the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), and past and present Trustees of the Westfield Foundation in attendance.
Foundation Park is a joint project of the Westfield Foundation and the Town of Westfield commemorating 40 years of community service by the Westfield Foundation. Foundation Park, which is located across from the South Avenue Circle, will be used as a venue for Jazz Night and other Town events. The area is scheduled to be completed with landscaping and lighting by early July, so it can be used as a venue for the DWC’s Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival, held on Tuesday evenings in July and August.
The concept and the design for Foundation Park was created by Craig Stock, who was awarded a plaque by the Westfield Foundation in recognition and appreciation for his time and effort in creating the park, as well as for his extensive community service for the Town.
On behalf of the Foundation, former Foundation President, Russ Finestein, thanked the following companies for contributing either materials or labor to help create the park: Weldon Materials Inc., T. Fiotakis Construction, Harol Landscaping & Construction, A & N Landscaping and Craig Stock Landscape Design. Finestein also thanked the Mayor and Town Council for their support, as well as the Town Administrator, James Gildea, and the Town Engineer, Kris McAloon, and the employees of the Westfield Department of Public Works, for their hard work in establishing the park.
Lastly, Finestein also thanked current and past Westfield residents who have donated or bequeathed funds to the Foundation, which now manages over $15,000,000.00 in restricted and unrestricted funds. The Foundation uses a portion of these funds each year to provide grants benefitting the community overall and many art organizations, health-related programs, social service agencies/programs and education.