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.