The traffic circle on Memorial Dr. in front of the Central Terminal is going to get some springtime TLC on Thursday, June 13th.
The traffic circle at Paderewski and Memorial drives was dedicated in August of 2016 as the Russell E. Pawlak Memorial Gardens. The gardens are a fitting tribute to the man who was largely responsible for putting the Central Terminal back on Buffalo’s radar screen. Pawlak served as president of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation for eight years. He died in 2009. The gardens are the work of Pawlak’s widow, Bernadette. She wrote on Facebook, “It is a dedication to Russell, a man who gave endless time and effort into the preservation of this historic landmark. As president of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, he will be remembered in front of the building he so dearly loved.”
Bernadette organizes periodic clean-ups of the circle. This is what she sent me in a message, “I am looking for volunteers to work with me and some city employees in the preparation of the Memorial Circle. We will be doing a good spring clean-up and planting. This will take place on Thursday, June 13 beginning at 8 am. If possible, volunteers could bring small hand tools and gloves. I will try to have more of these clean-ups to keep up the circle over the summer.”
Meet at the circle!
If you have any questions, contact Bernadette Pawlak at firstname.lastname@example.org.