March 25, 2013
Beaudry building dedicated
New 2,592-square-foot building replaces dilapidated structure
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Children and parents attend a dedication Saturday of the new Beaudry Park recreation building.
The Cortland Youth Bureau hosted an open house Saturday for the newly constructed Beaudry Park recreation building at the Scammell Street park.
Sidewalks and landscaping will, when spring weather arrives, complete the construction project that replaced the previous, aging recreation building, said John McNerney, director of the Cortland Youth Bureau.
“Our youth bureau activities board made the construction of this building a top priority in 2009,” McNerney said.
The city code enforcement office noted safety concerns with the previous buildings, its aging roof and its bathrooms that did not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, he said.
“It outlived its usefulness,” McNerney said.
The funds for the building came from a $150,000 New York State Community Capital Assistance Program grant; a $50,000 donation from the family of Theodore Fenstermacher, a city lawyer who was a chief prosecutor in one of the Nuremberg war crimes trials following World War II; and $72,984 in leftover city capital funds, McNerney said, for a total budget of $272,984.
Construction on the building continued through the week of the open house, he said.
“As early as this week, we put some final touches on the bathrooms,” he said.
At the open house, McNerney revealed a plaque naming the building’s main room as Theodore Fenstermacher Memorial Recreation Hall.
About 25 people attended the open house.
The new building, which is near the park’s parking lot and a pavilion, is much more accessible for the elderly than the old building, which was farther away, said Alderman Dan Quail (R-5th Ward).
“Now this is so much more convenient,” Quail said.
Thousands of children will use the building over the course of the year, McNerney said, especially children participating in the Park Building and Playground Program, which provides supervised play and activities at Beaudry, Dexter, Randall and Suggett parks on weekdays from June 24 to Aug. 16.
The 2,592-square-foot building, which can be rented, has restrooms accessible from outside and inside the building, a kitchenette near the pavilion beside the building, a storage room, a covered porch and pool and tables. A steel roof covers the facility and a 95 percent energy-efficient furnace heats it.
“We’re very proud of this building,” McNerney said. “It’s going to be a huge asset to Beaudry Park.”
In 1948, Fenstermacher came to Cortland and joined the city law firm of Folmer, Ryan, Fenstermacher and Yesawich, said Beatrice Lammers, Fenstermacher’s secretary from 1981 until his death in 2001.
Because Fenstermacher suffered from scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, he was unable to serve in the Armed Forces during World War II. Working as a prosecutor in the war trials was his way of serving his country, said Lammers, who attended the open house.
“He (Fenstermacher) said that he thought Cortland was a wonderful place to live and raise a family,” she said, noting that his grandchildren sledded in Beaudry Park.
“I’m so glad they did the plaque,” said Lammers, who noticed the new building’s bright interior.
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