October 26, 2021

Cortlandville plans to build playground

Gutchess Lumber Logo and Lime Hollow Logo

The town of Cortlandville plans to build a $150,000 disabled-accessible playground at the Gutchess Lumber Sports Park, perhaps by the end of the summer, Supervisor Tom Williams said Thursday.

The money will come from an $85,000 grant from the state, a $10,000 private donation and $55,000 surplus from the town’s budget last year.

The playground will be a welcoming area for all children, Williams said. Expect a swing set, a slide, a tower to climb and ramps along with special features for kids with disabilities.

“It was all part of the original master plan,” Williams said. “The attraction of the park is all sports and it’s family-oriented. If kids get bored or if they’re looking for something else to do at the park, the playground will be a great option. It’s there for the youth of the families.”

The town hopes to complete the playground by the end of the summer, but Williams said that could change because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Everything is contingent until it’s all final,” he said. “We’re in Phase 4 (of New York state’s re-opening process) so we’re able to continue with the projects, but you never know if there will end up being delays.”

Cortlandville is also working with Lime Hollow Nature Center to make a walking trail that starts at the park and heads to the center’s property — Chicago Bog is nearby. The cost and completion date has yet to be determined, however, Lime Hollow is looking to do most of the work, Williams said.

Thirty-six acres of land will surround the proposed trail. Lime Hollow recently bought 26 acres of land that is adjacent to the sports park, said Lime Hollow executive director Glenn Reisweber. The town then gave Lime Hollow 10 acres of stewardship of wetlands.

The land, Reisweber said, helps bring the trail as a complete connection from Cortlandville to Lime Hollow.

“The benefit of the Gutchess sports park is that Lime Hollow is right there,” he said. “There aren’t many places that have that connection. It allows us to link it all together.”

The town will put up signs, Williams said. “We’re going to promote this so families can enjoy activities at the park and also have an opportunity to walk into Lime Hollow.”

The Gutchess Lumber Sports Park project is estimated to cost between $16 million and $18 million. The project, which will be developed over the next 15 years or so, includes four baseball diamonds, eight soccer fields, three sand volleyball courts, a central restroom and a concession building, parking and landscaping, once complete.