Permits for Broadalbin park given to town

BROADALBIN – All the permits needed to begin work on the new town park on Union Mills Road have been submitted.

“I got an email last Monday, so we jumped our last hurdle on that,” town Supervisor Tom Christopher said.

Town council members requested bids for the park project during a meeting Tuesday. The bids are due Nov. 1.

“Things will go out to bid and the bids will come back and the town will open them up and award them. As soon as the bids are awarded, hopefully, the park will start through the winter,” town park committee member Keith Buchanan said.

The town secured a $500,000 grant from the state Office of Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation to build the recreational park about three years ago.

In addition to the grant money, volunteers with the Broadalbin Youth Commission who began their effort to build a park 25 years ago, have raised more than $200,000 toward the development of the park.

The state grant stipulates work must begin by 2017.

“It has to be awarded this year, and it looks like we are right there,” Christopher said.

The park will be just east of the Town Barn at 229 Union Mills Road.

Previously, the park was going to be built on Route 29, but the Town Board approved the sale of the 20 acres in February to Stewart’s Shops. Wetlands at the site would have made the construction process too expensive, officials said. Stewart’s plans to use the wetlands to offset renovations at its Broadalbin shop off Route 29.

The town in June bought the 23-acre property on Union Mills Road for $115,000 from Brenda Leslie, a former town supervisor.

Travis Mitchell, the engineer for the town park, attended the last town Planning Board meeting to show members what’s been proposed for the property. Buchanan said the Planning Board offered suggestions that will be used in the park plans.

“We are hoping the grand opening for the park could be fall 2018, depending on how things go,” Buchanan said.

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