CORRECTION: Councilwoman Julie McDonnell's estimated operating expenses and revenue for the proposed facility were incorrectly stated. McDonnell estimated the annual operating expense to be $26,500 and revenues to reach nearly $63,000. Also, McDonnell said the proposed recreation center would generate $10,000 in surplus revenue annually after accounting for all expenses, including bond service. The Spotlight regrets this error and apologizes for any confusion it may have caused. The story has been changed to reflect the correction.
Plans for a recreation facility at Blatnick Park now call for the town, and not the Niskayuna Soccer and Lacrosse clubs, to cover most of the bill.
Supervisor Joe Landry and Councilwoman Julie McDonnell on Tuesday, Feb. 28, revealed to The Spotlight estimated costs and funding for the proposed indoor recreation facility to be built at the former town skate park. The proposal would have the town bonding for $350,000 and using $100,000 in parkland funds.
A request for bids went out in January and was awarded to Schenectady-based Plank Construction Services. The estimated total cost to build the new facility is $649,570, according to figures provided by McDonnell.
“There has been a lot of interest in this type of facility,” McDonnell said. “There is just a growth in the whole area in the need for indoor recreational space.”
Past president of the Niskayuna Lacrosse Club Steve Avveduti said ever since Center Cityin Schenectady closed, the clubs have been looking into having a similar recreation facility in the town.
“It started out originally as the soccer and lacrosse clubs getting together to try and find a facility to get some indoor time,” Avveduti said. “It just opens up a lot more uses now that the town is involved in it. … We wouldn’t own anything, but we just would be putting money into it to see it get built.”