Veterans Park (formerly known as West Park) is located in the 200 block of North James Street. With its "twin" park, Gansevoort Park, it forms a unique and important ceremonial space along the North James Street corridor. Both parks are special use parks, designed as memorials and have historical significance within the community.
Each park, which is entirely passive in usage, is designed around a central monument with diagonal walkways. The parks also make use of this design to incorporate a series of benches and litter receptacles.
These parks are open from dawn to dusk.
Both parks have significant street frontage.
Although there is no programmed recreational use of these parks—there are periodic services held at the parks as well as usage during Honor America Days as well as the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Sidewalks and lighting have been replaced and are in good condition. A trees inventory has been conducted, with some diseased trees removed and new trees planted. In addition, the “Old City Fountain” was placed in the park in 2003 – when it was returned to downtown from the Erie Canal Village.
Veterans Memorial Park also features several flagpoles that display the flags of the major branches of the armed services: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard as well as the American Flag and a flag for soldiers who were POW/MIAs.