Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Celebrates Completion of $155,000 Schoellkopf Park Restoration


Written by workbeacmc

April 30, 2024

Niagara Falls, NY — Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) is pleased to announce the completion of its restoration of Schoellkopf Park, a vital component of the medical campus and the neighboring community. Funded by a $155,000 Community Development Grant from the City of Niagara Falls, the project revitalizes key elements of the park’s infrastructure and aesthetic appeal.

The renovation includes repainting the park’s iconic iron fencing, restoring the historic pillars at the Walnut Avenue entrance, enhancing pedestrian pathways, updating the sprinkler system, and installing new, contemporary lighting fixtures to ensure safety and beautify the area at night. These improvements honor the park’s legacy and enhance the well-being of our patients, staff, and visitors.

“We are deeply grateful to Mayor Robert Restaino, the city administration, the city council, and Bloom Landscaping for their significant contribution to this project,” said Joseph Ruffolo,  President and CEO of NFMMC. “Their support highlights a shared commitment to nurturing the health and vitality of our community.”

Schoellkopf Park, established in 1913 as the first public city park of Niagara Falls, is located at the intersection of Portage Road and Pine Avenue and remains a beloved landmark within the community. As the community looks forward to the park’s continued legacy, everyone is invited to visit and enjoy the peaceful, rejuvenated greenspace.

In conjunction with the completion of the park renovation, community members are also invited to leave a lasting legacy by purchasing an engraved brick to honor current or former members of NFMMC and Schoellkopf Health Center. Each brick costs $50 and will be prominently displayed along the beautiful new pathway.

To purchase a brick or for information on the David’s Path Brick Campaign, please contact Judy Villani at judy.villani@nfmmc.org.


Founded in 1895, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) has a long tradition of serving the Niagara community. NFMMC’s hospital and primary stroke program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, and its primary care network is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Memorial’s inpatient services include a cardiac/stroke unit, a medical–surgical unit, an ICU, a Labor and Delivery unit, and an Adult Inpatient Psychiatry unit, the only one of its kind in Niagara County. Memorial serves as a Center for Community Health by operating five primary care centers, a large outpatient adult mental health clinic, a Health Home, and several innovative community-based services.   Thanks to a partnership with Catholic Health, Kaleida Health, and Erie County Medical Center, NFMMC operates the only cardiac catheterization laboratory in Niagara County. Memorial is also home to the Golisano Medical Oncology Center, which operates in collaboration with Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center.

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