continued Most of the revisions to the project were targeted at Burgess-Kimball Park. Original plans called for the sale of approximately 9 acres of the 23-acre parcel for business development. Now those plans are on hold. Lewza is now calling the project a “revitalization” of the park and not a selloff.
“Nothing will be sold at this time,” he said. “There are certain steps that I want to take before we get to that part, as far as selling the 9-acre parcel and I just want to make sure all those steps are followed. I want the residents to see what the new facility (the new park on Rowland Street) will look like and what the revitalized Burgess-Kimball Park will look like before we go through with the sale of the parcel.”
The new plans include moving the playground off the road, overhauling the softball fields and providing additional parking.
According to Lewza, the star feature of phase one will be the construction of the new park on Rowland Street. A Powerpoint presentation at the Town Board meeting outlined the possible layout of the new park and was well received by the audience. The proposed layout includes two soccer fields, picnic pavilions, basketball and tennis courts, a dog park/ice rink and a bicycle/pedestrian path that would connect the park to the town center.
Lewza said several steps need to be taken before the new park can be built, but he wanted to give the public a chance to see the plans. Within the next month or two, he plans to get comments from the Town Board, hold a public workshop and then a public hearing.
“That way, the public has a say on what they’d like to see in their new town park,” he said.
Lewza hopes construction of phase one can begin sometime in the spring.