State Street Park to be rededicated

By Jillian Marshall
By Matt Porter

State Street Park to be rededicated

December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local neighbors of State Street Park pushed Binghamton City Council to rededicate the park after its benefactor, Z. Bennett Phelps.

State Street Park was once known as Phelps Street Park, but since the street name was changed the park lost its original name.

Binghamton City Council agreed to rededicate the park back to Phelps Street Park.

The North side Neighborhood Assembly pushed council to look deep into the park's history to find out when the name officially changed from Phelps Street Park to State Street Park.

After looking into it, City Council found no records of the name ever officially changed. At the meeting Monday night, City Council unanimously agreed to rededicate the park in the Spring with it's original and official name, Phelps Street Park.

"It's valuable for the history of the north side and Binghamton that it remain what it should be, Phelps' Park," said North side Neighborhood Assembly member Elizabeth Golden.

Council will vote on this resolutions approval on Wednesday night.

The land was donated by Z. Bennett Phelps, a member of the Phelps family of Binghamton.

The park is at the corner of Bevier and State Street in Binghamton.

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