Since 2018, The Fassett GreenSpace Project has transformed a vacant lot into a public garden, outdoor meeting space, and sculpture park. Located on Main Street in Wellsville, the Fassett GreenSpace consists of a permanent meditation labyrinth with raised beds that form a 74 ft. diameter, circularly sculpted garden. There are over 1,500 square feet of vegetables, flowers, and herbs that are free to harvest anytime from dawn until dusk. The space also features a bronze fountain designed by local sculptor, Bill Underhill, and forged by Alfred University’s Foundry, a mosaic sign created by community members who attended free tile-making workshops through the summer of 2019, a kiosk with a “living roof,” Wellsville’s first Little Free Library, and an ensemble of outdoor instruments. The GreenSpace is built on the lot that once harbored the Fassett House Hotel (est. 1870). The hotel existed as an integral part of the village until its demolition in 2005, leaving a hollow space in the downtown area. This lot is important to the history of Wellsville, as it existed as the first tavern, the first store, and was the site of early town meetings. The garden was built and is maintained by volunteers of the Wellsville-based grassroots nonprofit, Art for Rural America. The nonprofit collaborates with local organizations for programs on healthy living, art, and gardening, and the space is used as a free meeting center for many other groups and residents throughout the season.
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