Way’s Garden – a city ‘anchor’ – ready for a transformation

The richness of a community is reflected in “anchors” those places that distinguish it from any other community.

Williamsport has a special anchor in Way’s Garden in the heart of the historic district on West Fourth Street.

In 1913, J. Roman Way donated land to the city to be used as a park for rest and relaxation. A century later, Way’s Garden is a serene homage to nature in the heart of the historic district.

To celebrate the garden’s centennial, a committee is developing a new layout and additions for a Victorian garden.

The layout includes a central axis through the park with a serenity fountain in the middle. The fountain will have lights installed and will have beautiful flowers surrounding it. Following the path, lined with flowers, down from the fountain will be a wisteria arbor, the entrance to the event lawn where a pavilion will be placed.

The event lawn will be used for arts shows, bands and weddings and other events. A parking lot is planned nearby for visitors.

When all the work is done, the hope is the garden will be transformed back to Way’s original vision.

The timetable for the project calls for demolition for the event lawn in the fall of 2015, with installation of that lawn to begin in the spring of 2016. The trees, flowers, wisteria arbor and more will be installed as funds come in.

A fundraising campaign is under way to pay for the project and some government grant money and local government support are being counted on.

If you want to make a donation in the name of the city’s one-of-a-kind heritage, this is a pretty good place to put your money.