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Imagining Lipe Art Park

Artists, students and volunteers combine forces to create art, vegetation out of a neglected space in downtown Syracuse.

A collection of Syracuse University students and local volunteers gathered in Lipe Art Park in April to clean up and prepare the area for gardening and art projects taking place there. Brendan Rose, a masters degree student in architecture at SU, used volunteers to mix cement for an art installation he is creating for the city. The installation is located in the center of the park and will serve as both a graffiti wall and shade canopy for the residents. 

The space was previously an old railroad station and still contains tracks underneath. Members of the Near Westside Initiative thought the property could be used to give life to the struggling Westside neighborhood and brought a few local artists to do so. Rose and Near Westside Initiative Director Maarten Jacobs said they hope the residents will use the park as a meeting spot for events and small gatherings within the community.

  More from the Westside

   See videos and an interactive map where community service projects took place during April's "Big Event."


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