Park of the future meets reality

Colonie changes speed limit on River Road in anticipation of passive park

— “The things we do hope to have constructed when the park opens is parking and restrooms,” she said.

Planning and Economic Development Director Joe LaCivita said the town is hoping to work out a private partnership with a developer who would design and build the bathrooms.

“We’re trying to do some grant funding. We’ve applied for several grants. We haven’t heard successfully on any one as of yet,” LaCivita said.

Besides changing the focus, LaCivita said there have been minimal challenges. He said he’d like the park to be ready for dedication by Memorial Day 2013.

“It’s basically a place to go by the riverside and enjoy the water,” Wiest said. “(There is) going to be a new connection to the bike/hike path, which is a really good thing.”

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