Park gets new shed donated

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Sara Zappone-Alfree, a project manager for Lowe’s of Amsterdam, is shown with Keith Buchanan of he town youth commission. Lowe’s is donating the supplies and 24 hours of labor to construct the storage building for a planned town park. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

BROADALBIN —The wooden frame for a 16 x 30-foot storage shed seemed starkly alone Saturday in an expanse of land destined to be a 24-acre town park.

The shed is being built free with volunteer labor by the Amsterdam Lowe’s for a future town park that is expected to have several ballfields, a playground, a pavilion and a concession stand, said Keith Buchanan, a member of the town’s youth commission.

“Every year we participate in helping out the community” as a corporate policy, said Sara Zappone-Alfree, a project manager at Lowe’s.

“Lowe’s likes to be involved in the local community and build relationships.”

Almost a dozen Lowe’s volunteers were working Saturday. Zappone-Alfree said the shed should be completed and painted in three eight-hour sessions. She said that it would cost the town some $14,000 if a contractor built the shed.

“There’s a feeling of accomplishment when you go from ground zero” to build something for the community,” she added.

“They [Lowe’s] has really been a godsend to our youth commission,” said Buchanan.

He said Lowe’s also helps raise money through the Fulton and Montgomery county home show at Broadalbin-Perth High School, including a woodworking workshop for youths, he said. The commission raised $20,000 at the spring show.

Lowe’s has aided other localities, such as fixing and repainting a bridge in Hagaman Park and doing landscaping and painting of a Boys and Girls Club on Delaware Avenue in Albany, Zappone-Alfree said.

Currently, a contractor is leveling the ground for the ballfields—soccer, baseball and softball; a pavilion; and a concession.

The fields will probably be ready by the fall of next year, Buchanan said. The commission got a $500,000 matching grant from the state. It is holding fundraising events to cover the match. The town has helped out by borrowing money for the commission, he added.

By Patricia Older

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