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Thacher park to get improvments

Plans to improve a local summer hotspot were unveiled on Monday, July 7, and were accompanied by assurances of multi-seasonal athletic fun for a wide range of patrons.

Capital Improvements to John Boyd Thacher State Park are expected to be completed by 2010, according to information provided by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

They stated that the improvements will total $7 million and will feature and new recreation area in addition to the sprayground.

A new sprayground will have over 40 spray features, including tumble buckets, super soakers and water cannons. There will be distinct areas for different age groups, surrounded by a shaded deck as well as sunbathing, eating and open lawn areas. In addition, the bathhouse will be reconstructed, according to a written statement from that office.

Legislators and officials gathered at the Aquatic Facility in Thatcher Park to unveil the new plans.

"I have a feeling that this is really going to put the park on the map," said Assemblyman John McEneny D-Albany, whose district houses the park. "It is important that we take our obligation of stewardship seriously, as we bring this wonderful resource up to all that it can be."

McEneny said he has a three-year-old grandchild and will frequent the park with his family.

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