New ‘Donnelly Walk’ sign installed downtown
Donnelly Walk, which runs between Sanford Street and Unquowa Road, pays tribute to the late Kim and Tim Donnelly, who were killed 10 years ago during a robbery of their downtown jewelry store.
“As owner of this property, I felt the small plaque at the site did not adequately provide a proper dedication to the Donnellys, whom the passageway was named for,” said Hal Fischel, CEO of Fischel Properties. “Erecting this decorative archway will not only make this area more attractive, but it will now give the Donnellys a more visible memorial.”
Among those on hand for the unveiling were the Donnellys’ children, Eric and Tara, as well as several other family members.
Fischel Properties collaborated with the town to design and install the steel archway that reads “Donnelly Walk” across the top.
In 2005, the town and Fischel Properties collaborated to establish the pedestrian walkway. After relocating trash receptacles, the town installed a concrete walkway with inlaid brick pavers, as well as benches and ornamental trees to make the area more inviting and pedestrian-friendly.
A “buy-a brick” campaign helped defray expenses for the walkway. Fischel Properties installed new lighting and replaced a dilapidated fence that bordered the walkway.