An idea to utilize part of the industrial park for athletic fields and the CSX trail that was recently been paved was suggested by Mayor Todd Rouse at the May 4 Canastota village board meeting.
"We could use the property in the way of recreation, soccer or football fields," Rouse said. "By CSX paving the trail it opened it up for us to be creative."
Rouse said theoretically six fields could be constructed on property near the Madison County Office for the Aging. A three-acre lot could be used for parking.
"The village would only give up three lots," Rouse said. "It's a great asset for the elderly and youngsters, from a recreation aspect."
In the long-term a concrete theater could be built into the landscape, complete with picnic area in the way of a pavilion for clambakes.
Rouse said the paved trail along the railroad tracks could be extended and loop around the park. Along James Street a smaller parking area could be put in. He suggested possibly illuminating the walkway and installing park benches along it. He said kids could ride their bikes to the fields without going by way of Route 5.
"More people are using [the trail], more people are walking it," Rouse said.
He said they would still leave the trees but suggested the village start filling in some areas that will be used for benches.
Rouse proposed to the board they solicit a landscape architect to create a conceptual drawing. The board agreed. He also suggested meeting with groups and possibly partnering with the OFA for a grant.
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Trustee Scott Rapasadi said, with the Memorial Day weekend right around the corner now is the perfect opportunity for businesses to spruce up their storefronts, and washing windows would be a good way to start. He wanted to encourage merchants to make downtown look nice for the Memorial Day parade and for the Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, just a couple of weeks away. The Beautification Committee and village DPW will soon be putting the flower boxes out on the sidewalks, he said.