A diagram of the proposed Mohawk Landing park shows the location of items such as the tennis court, basketball court and the pavilion. This drawing was presented to the public at a Town Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20.
continued The proposal has plans to included tennis and basketball courts and a pavilion, all of which will have energy provided by passive solar collection. There is also a proposed underwater collection system that would feed into the community gardens with water from the parking lots. LaCivita also said there are plans to put in a dog park.
Ted Kolankowski, senior project landscape architect for Barton &Loguidice, said there would also be a circular trail system surrounding the park where some of the buildings currently are. He said this will fit some more of the recreational needs of the town.
“It’s always nice to sort of have a circular trail system,” Kolankowski said. “It will be perfect set up to have a general fitness circuit.”
Mahan said the town would also like to partner with some nature conservancy groups to develop kiosks along the trails to inform people about the different wildlife along the Mohawk River and also the history of the river.
“There are things we are looking at as we progress through this project,” Mahan said. “It depends on how much grant money we can acquire.”
The town is working on applying for a Consolidated Funding Application, which is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development plan. The deadline for applications is Monday, Oct. 31, said LaCivita, and the town has been moving fast to get a plan together.
John Razzano, a board member of the Mohawk River Community Partners group, said the project was a welcomed improvement for what is currently in place at the site. He said it would bring the Town of Colonie up to speed with the Town of Niskayuna, whose Lions Park borders the proposed location of Mohawk Landing.
He said he likes the town plans to add more restrooms and more connections to the bike path but said he felt the tennis court and the basketball court did not fit in with the natural feel of the green space.