For those of you who have followed news on the Washington Square Park's missing, now missing again, Austrian Cannon, you know that it's been somewhat of a mystery over the past decade. The city had apparently taken it from its base in the Park due to corrosion and lack of upkeep, but there wasn't any real sense of where it was taken to, or who - or when - it was to be repaired by and replaced back.
And not to be outdone by itself, in the same form and fashion of mystery that it left, it was returned this past Wednesday morning (8/5/15) - right back to its base in the Washington Square Park. As members of the Washington Square Park Neighborhood Association and residents of the neighborhood, we're excited that our Cannon is back. In fact, this is the first time residents around here have seen the Cannon on its base ever since the area started to fill up with residential units in recent times.
But we have to be honest - we're almost certain that no improvements were made to the Cannon, and we haven't been given any information as to why it was returned in this fashion, or who made that decision. The reason why this is important to us is because there is a behind-the-scenes effort by the Neighborhood Association to refurbish this piece of history alongside some very interested folks in the community. Whoever you are in charge of this, please give us the opportunity to help!
Here's our pitch sounding like an episode of Unsolved Mysteries: If anyone has any information regarding the return the Cannon, please write, call, email, text, LET US KNOW! With that said, please get out and enjoy this historical artifact back in one of our historical city parks.
No sooner did we finish this post, we got a message that the Cannon is once again gone. As of the morning 8/7/15, the Cannon is missing. Oh city that we love...why such a good mystery you keep?!?????
Jason is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat, and leads up the Washington Square Neighborhood Association with his wife, Stefanie. We're going to make that Cannon great again, we just need the cooperation of the City, community, and those interested in saving a bit of Rochester history. Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook.