Niskayuna town board OKs indoor recreation plan

Seth Hanft of Niskayuna also spoke in support of the need for an indoor facility.

"I think you can all agree that it's extraordinary when you can get a youth excited about something, and they're excited about this," said Hanft.

Other residents spoke out, listing the numerous positive benefits of having an indoor facility. In a climate where it snows for much of the year and it's cold and rainy, one resident noted that an indoor facility would allow people to participate in sports year-round.

When it came time to vote on the resolution, it was met with very little opposition, although three board members questioned the construction materials of the facility and its location.

"I think this proposal is something that we really have to look at very carefully," said councilwoman Liz Orzel-Kasper.

She said that while she thinks it's "wonderful" that the soccer and lacrosse clubs of Niskayuna have come together to plan this and "are willing to put heart and soul and money into this," she has her reservations about its location.

"The resolution doesn't say exactly where it's going to be; it doesn't say we're going to give field one to the soccer complex. These two groups have really put a lot of effort in and I think they wanted to know how we felt," said Kasper.

Overall, she noted that she thinks this is a good idea.

"After this winter, which is never going to be spring, we can't even get outside, so we're going to make it happen " I am certainly on the bandwagon to make it happen," said Kasper.

Councilwoman Maria Freund said that she doesn't think anyone can deny that this is a great idea, but she has reservations over the location of Field One, which is located in the Soccer Complex on Balltown Road, and the materials that might be used for the building.

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