Projects and Initiatives
In addition to initiating the Corry 2020 community strategic planning process, Impact Corry has either facilitated or been directly responsible for a number of initiatives since its inception in 1999.
Many if not most were made possible with the assistance of the Corry Community Foundation and/or Arlene H. Smith Charitable Foundation and/or Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority. Among those Impact Corry initiatives are:
- Improving neighborhoods by razing a number of blighted structures throughout the community.
- Rescuing a critically important downtown building from bankruptcy proceedings, stabilizing its roof and rear wall, and turning it over to the Corry Redevelopment Authority for development.
- Establishing the Corry Farmer’s Market, which graces Corry’s City Park on summer Fridays, providing a commercial outlet for produce growers and others, and a venue for fresh goods for local residents.
- Initiating the annual “Corry Cleanup Day.”
- Facilitating the efforts of the Corry Garden Club, and the Skate Corry effort to develop a skate park for Corry’s youths.
- Creation of a Downtown Master Greenway Plan for the Center and Main street commercial corridors, and the planting to date of 22 trees, in conjunction with the Erie County Greenways Program.
- Initiating a number of downtown enhancements through ECGRA’s “Mission Main Street” program, including: Benches; municipal parking signs; trash containers; banners; lamppost rope lights; tourism way-finding signs to direct Route 6 motorists to the downtown; sidewalk flower planters; and sidewalk historic panels.
- Annually putting up Christmas decorations on Main Street utility poles and making a large wreath available for the Corry City Building.
- With the assistance of numerous generous sponsors, established and administer the annual “Winterfest” celebration in Mead Park.
- Assisted in the establishment of Erie County’s first rail-to-trail project, the Corry Junction Greenway Trail running from Corry to Clymer, N.Y.