We are asking for letters of support for the Town’s submission of a 2016 NYS Parks and Preservation Grant in the amount of $250,000. Anyone interested can copy and paste the letter below-sign and submit back to:
or in person at the clerk’s office in Town Hall. Thank you!
Rose Harvey, Commissioner
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Albany, NY 12207
Dear Commissioner Harvey,
Please accept this letter in support of the application on behalf of the Town of East Greenbush for the 2016 CFA funding round to support the rehabilitation of the Town Park.
The Town Park is a regionally significant destination consisting of nearly 200 acres located in Southern Rensselaer County. Due to the lack of nearby amenities the Park is designed to serve a much wider community and has documented visitors from as far away as Albany and Schenectady County. The significance of the park is backed by data, and several services offered through the Park have become incredibly popular, including a busy summer camp used by over 200 campers, as well as two pavilions that are fully booked for twenty straight weekends every season.
Outdoor amenities have become increasingly important, and are enjoyed by every member of society. The East Greenbush Town Park continues to fulfill its role in this regard, supported by the resources and staff of the Town, although it has reached a point where crucial updates are necessary. Through a phased master plan, the Town is proposing a $500,000 Phase 1 investment that will include a relocated and modernized playground, an additional pavilion with indoor space, updated rest rooms, improved pedestrian safety and access, dog park relocation, and a splash park. Significant planning and financial resources are dedicated to this effort and the 50% state match is crucial to completing the Phase 1 modernization that addresses both amenity enhancements and basic safety issues.
On behalf of the Town of East Greenbush and residents of the Capital District I encourage you to carefully consider the funding request for this regionally significant park and thank you for your continued efforts to preserve public spaces and parks in communities across the State.
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