Ballston plans for new park

The process will be extensive, said Russell, with the committee describing each piece of land with regard to its access, location within the town and topographical features like swampland, trees or open fields. He said the town surveyed residents back in 2006 about what type of park they'd like to see created. The response was mainly, he said, that a passive-type park would be preferred.

"Right now, we're generally thinking something like Jenkins Park would be best. So we're looking for land big enough for a baseball or soccer field, maybe both, a parking lot and pavilion," said Russell.

Russell said the committee's main goal, besides securing a location, will be to keep the town's difficult fiscal situation in mind, keeping the cost as low as possible.

"We have to recognize that the town doesn't have any money to buy a park, so until we get the money from the estate, we'll have a certain amount of money to purchase the land and some money for later maintenance costs. The ultimate cost to the town would be zero or negligible. If we decide we can provide improvements in the future, that would be depending on our source of funding, whether we have volunteer workers or some type of other donations," said Russell.

Russell said without being left money specifically for this project, erecting a new park most likely wouldn't even be on the town's radar.

"It's a great opportunity that somebody left us a sizeable amount of money to be used specifically for a park," said Russell.

Ballston has Jenkins Park, which is about 44 acres, and Rita Park, which is a small pocket park in a neighborhood with half a basketball court and playground equipment. There's also the bike path and fishing pier. Supervisor Patti Southworth said she'd like to see a park created that can be a community meeting spot.

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