Pine Avenue group to honor local park supporter

James Neiss/staff photographer Representatives from the Pine Avenue Redevelopment Project will officially celebrate the renaming of Columbus Square Park-Heritage Walk to Castellani Columbus Square Park-Heritage Walk during a ceremony scheduled for 6:20 p.m. July 18. The new name reflects the group's interest in recognizing the contributions to the park made by local liquor store owner Chris Castellani who has pledged $5,000 per year to support ongoing park maintenance. 

Representatives from the Pine Avenue Redevelopment Project will officially celebrate the renaming of Columbus Square Park-Heritage Walk to Castellani Columbus Square Park-Heritage Walk during a ceremony scheduled for 6:20 p.m. July 18.

Chris Castellani, a longtime generous supporter and owner of Supermarket Liquors has pledged to donate $5,000 a year to maintain the Italian Heritage Park on the corner of 15th Street and Pine Avenue. The Castellani Family was one of the original contributing families to build the park in the early 1990’s. Castellani has contributed each year leading to this annual pledge of $5,000, which will be used for park maintenance and upgrades.

Since the Pine Avenue Redevelopment Project took the park over in 2017, an outstanding water bill has been paid that resulted in the park being removed from the foreclosure list.

In addition to Castellani, PARP members thanked several other generous donors, including Catherine DiMino and Savino Nanula who assisted in many repairs to the garage, lighting, gazebo, bricks, bocce courts and park landscape. 

Chris Castellani is the seventh of eight boys and four girls born to Armand and Eleanor Castellani. Chris learned the value and honor of giving back to the community from his parents. 

“I feel honored to be able to contribute to the continued work and success of the Pine Avenue Redevelopment Project to make Pine Avenue a Beacon of Niagara Falls,” he said. 

Also being honored will the Fortuna Family who have purchased a Tribute Square in Heritage Walk and are 2019 Lifetime PARP Members, along with mayoral candidate and attorney Robert Restaino, the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club and Fidelis Care.

Entertainment for the evening will be James Jeckovich, sponsored by Councilman Ken Tompkins. Special treats donated by DiCamillo Bakery will be served.

The public is invited to attend the free event.