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Domestic violence tribute garden to open Sept. 26

A domestic violence tribute garden is scheduled to open Sept. 26 in Isle View Park off River Road in the Town of Tonawanda.

The opening will be accompanied by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a bike-a-thon and a walk to raise awareness about domestic violence and local efforts to break the cycle. The tribute garden, which is believed to be the first of its kind located in a county park, is intended to be a quiet place for reflection, said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

“Erie County is leading the way in recognizing and talking about the scourge of domestic violence, and the tribute garden demonstrates in a very visual way not only our committment to ending this scourge but also to remembering its victims,” Poloncarz said.

Earlier this years, the Niagara Greenway Commission awarded the garden project $200,000, which allowed for its completion in time for the 6th annual Erie County sponsored “Break-the-Cycle” bike-a-thon and accompanying walk.

The event is co-sponsored by the county Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry and local domestic violence agencies and service providers.