Donated statue placed in village’s Pocket Park

Nick and Marcia Roth were recognized on Aug. 7 for their donation of a cast bronze statue, titled “Best Friends.” The statue has been placed in Williamsville’s Pocket Park, located between Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main St., and the Williamsville Library.

Visitors to the Pocket Park are encouraged to take photographs with the statue and use #BestFriendsWilliamsville.

The ceremony was led by Amherst Public Libraries Director Roseanne Butler-Smith on behalf of the Amherst Public Library Board of Trustees.

The 125-pound statue, which depicts a boy and a girl sitting on a bench while reading a book together, is 40 inches high, and 41 inches wide. Additionally, the statue will be the first piece of public art to be installed in any of the village’s public spaces.

Nick and Marcia Roth sit next to “Best Friends,” a bronze statue they donated to the Williamsville Library. A dedication ceremony was held on Tuesday to honor the Roths’ donation. The statue has been placed in the Pocket Park next to the library and Village Hall. 

The Roths, who are longtime village residents, donated the statue to the Williamsville Library.  The statue has been placed in the Pocket Park, a popular greenspace that features a pergola, stone patio, garden, and seating areas. Marcia Roth is a longtime member of the village’s Beautification and Garden Walk committees. Nick Roth is member of Williamsville’s Tree Board and Traffic and Safety Committee.

The garden in the pocket park is planted and maintained by the village’s Beautification Committee volunteers. According to a statement from the Beautification Committee, it is the organization’s hope that the Roths’ donation will spark the interest of community members to consider donating to the village other works of public art. The committee added that it is grateful to the Roths for their donation and appreciative of the request for the statue to be included in the Pocket Park.