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Camillus Parks and Rec: Shove Park plans revealed

Final preparations are being made to the skating rink at Shove Park.

Last Friday, Camillus Parks and Recreation Director Eric Bacon said that a brand-new community room, new hockey locker room, and a new coach's office have been added to the building.

"We were able to raise about $30,000 from the community for the project," Bacon said about the expansion. The area used to be a basketball court.

Ice for the rink will be in place by Oct. 1, and Bacon is optimistic that the expansion will be ready by the start of hockey season on that date.

"The workers are down there right now putting the finishing touches in place," said Bacon.

Aqueduct restoration

The town has secured a $1-million grant from the state to restore and refurbish the aqueduct near the Erie Canal Museum in the village.

The village first sent out for bids on the project in 2004, but the bids came in higher than expected. Then the village looked into alternative ways to secure funds for the aqueduct, which is part of the Erie Canal Trail. The aqueduct will be finished using pressure-treated wood, and its trunk will be housed in Limestone. It will be fully navigable when finished.

"It will be great for people who enjoy hiking, biking, and walking," Bacon said.

Snowmobile ramp

The village received a $96,000 grant from the state for a handicapped-accessible snowmobile ramp at Reed Webster Park.

The grant comes from the New York State Recreational Trails Program, and is part of the Public Accessible Trail Head Project.

The addition to the restroom building will allow people with disabilities to board snowmobiles with ease.

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