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Jenkins Park board, Ballston Town Council meet

A joint meeting of the Ballston Town Council and the Jenkins Park Advisory Board accomplished the goal of outlining the council and board's specific responsibilities.

I think we all walked away with a much better understanding of the responsibilities held by each of the boards, said Councilwoman Kim Ireland. "This will set the framework for what I anticipate to be a very positive working relationship that will allow projects to move forward."

The joint meeting, held Thursday, March 27, drew more than 40 people to Town Hall to discuss the ongoing needs of the special district park, from cleanup to equipment repairs. Several residents offered to help at the park, while others have already begun.

"It showed what I believe to be a real cooperative effort and willingness of the advisory board, Town Council and the public to work together for the benefit of the park," Ireland said.

She also said she is thankful to the advisory board for initiating the joint meeting.

According to the bylaws of the park, the advisory board is responsible for the day-to-day repairs of the park such as repairing the pavilion's roof, but they need town approval for any capital improvement projects like the purchase of new picnic tables and playground equipment.

The immediate goals of the advisory board are to paint the backstop on one of the fields, replace sand under the swings and continue maintenance of the walking path.

Advisory board member Peter Petrillose said he and Norm Collins, who has provided park maintenance and upkeep for several years, have been to the park several times to pick up garbage already.

Another town member has also taken the lead on removing poison ivy bordering the park and cutting down brush.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Junior Baseball organization offered to help clean up the park Saturday, April 12, as a part of its annual cleanup day. They use the fields in Jenkins Park for practice during the week, however they play games in Glenville.

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