posted on August 17, 2012 17:41
Co-Produced by WBTA Intern John Kochmanski
Batavia’s historic Redfield Parkway will celebrate its 100th birthday Saturday. Redfield Parkways Unofficial Mayor Jim Owen has lived on the City roadway since 1945.
“Redfield Parkway was actually established in the year 1912 by two land developers named Mr. Williams and Mr. Garrett and they had a vision of having a street with a grass median. They had electric lights going down the center of the street and also on the two stone pillars” said Owen.
Owen said over the years there have been many traditions that Redfield residents have taken part in that other Batavia residents have not.
“It goes back to 1951, many of the homes have Christmas trees out in front, we've got about 21 American Flags that fly down the middle of the street on the way to the veterans hospital. So there’s a lot of tradition that goes on,” said Owen.
WBTA’s Wayne Fuller will be the MC for Saturday’s event.
“We will have the pronouncements from local politicians, Geoff Redick will sing the national anthem and we are going to have music from the "Blue Bells", and then they are also going to dedicate the time capsule which will contain artifacts from Redfield Parkway and Batavia, which will be buried. You'll get to see the dedication, see all the flags and all the various things,” said Fuller.
The public is welcome to stop by from 1p.m. to 2p.m. Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Redfield Parkway. Other events on the street after that time are for Redfield residents only.