Site of Former Drug House is Transformed

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2010 at 11:29 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2010 at 11:29 PM EDT

The former site of a notorious drug house in Buffalo is getting an extreme makeover this weekend.

The Wakefield Avenue block club is working with the University at Buffalo and engineering students, using grant money and private donations, to transform the lot at Wakefield Avenue and Holden Street. They're calling the new park a "Garden of Hope and Inspiration" because it's more than a beautification project.

"We wanted to also show current and past history. As you look throughout the garden we have those who currently have achieved like our current first African-American President -- President Obama. We have our first African-American Mayor of the City of Buffalo," explains Phyllis Harris Bumpers of the Wakefield Avenue block club. Other leaders such as the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are also represented in the park.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown took part in Saturday's ribbon cutting. The group that built the park is already lining up other similar projects.