Emily Jablon and the students from several areas districts, including Susquehanna Valley and Owego-Apalachin, spruced up some of the walls next to the Chenango River, across from Boscov’s, over the summer.
The students are part of the Liberty Partnership Program, which helps provide an academic support system for high schoolers to help them graduate.
Jablon said it was a lot of work hauling in tiles, mirrors, and cement.
But, it was worth the effort.
“We just wanted to keep going with the color gradient, kind of a rainbow feel that we’re working with behind me. As you walk down into the park, it’s black and silver from the street and when you walk into this park down here it’s rainbow. It’s like a hidden surprise,” said Jablon.
Ten students helped with the project.
“We had to put glue on there and put tiles on there and throughout the whole thing people would stop and say that we were doing nice things. It felt good,” said OFA Student.
“It was really fun. We got to do art outside and it will be here forever. It’s really cool,” said Brooke Osterhout, gradate of Susquehanna Valley.
Jablon also said she would love to see the former water fountain in the area restored.
She said she’s working with the city to try to get that to happen.