Growing pains

Shove Park has undergone plenty of renovations since its conception in 1963, and the improvements are continuing. The latest construction plans involve the addition of a community room and new locker rooms.

A 2,400-square-foot addition will be added to the existing building. The four existing locker rooms will also be renovated.

In the past five months, over $200,000 of the projected $300,000 cost of the project has been raised. West Genesee alumni and community members have donated $60,000 so far.

Now the Camillus Parks and Recreation Department and the Camillus Youth Hockey Association are reaching out to the community again for assistance.

I grew up in Camillus, Michael Schattner of the CYHA said. Shove Park is a great place for kids and an expansion will really benefit the community.

Shove Park has steadily grown and improved to better meet the needs of its community members, especially athletes. In 1970 the ice rink was built and that same year the CYHA started calling the park home.

Since then Shove Park has steadily undergone improvements, including field renovations and the addition of the Schoonmaker Pavilion.

More than 9,000 youth benefit from facilities at Shove Park. These kids play softball, baseball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and ice skate. Plenty also participate in the fishing derby.

We hope to have a groundbreaking in September, Schattner said. In order to do that we need at least $240,000.

Any donation amount will be accepted; donors giving $100 or more will become members of the Fitzgerald Society and earn a spot on the recognition wall in the new corridor. Their names will appear in the varsity hockey program and they will receive special Wildcat hockey publications about upcoming events.

The Fitzgerald Society, a special group of alumni and friends who support the expansion of Shove Park. The society is named after Dr. Royden Fitzgerald, West Genesee varsity hockey coach from 1986-1994.

If you would like to donate $1,000 or more, you will become a member of the Kehoskie Society; the group is named after Tom Kehoskie the town of Camillus Parks and Recreation Director from 1978 to present. Individuals or groups donating $1,000 or more will have their names engraved on an individual player locker in the West Genesee varsity locker room, along with all of the benefits of the Fitzgerald Society.

For more information on the project, or to donate, contact Mike Schattner at 478-0157, or Tom Kehoskie at 487-5085.

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