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Manlius ponders Swan Pond plans

Village board hears renovation presentation

Last summer, the village of Manlius was awarded a $100,000 grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to make improvements on the Swan Pond.

At the March 9 village board meeting, landscaping architectural firm Saratoga Associates presented its conceptual plans to trustees. The firm is one of the top bidders for the project.

Executive Vice President Dan Shearer introduced the three-phase plan as taking approximately three years to complete.

"Our original idea includes symmetry around the Swan Pond," Shearer said. "There's [now] kind of a separation between the Swan Pond and the rest. We want to make it more user-friendly."

An ADA-accessible walkway around the upper pond leading to the lower level would provide continuity, he said. Other amenities include new fencing, lights, a pavilion, stairway, concrete patio and plenty of vegetation.

The overall project cost, which excludes building a restroom or revamping the amphitheatre, would be approximately $1 million. The Department of Public Works could take on a bulk of the work which would reduce the cost by $300,000, Shearer said. The village would continue to seek additional funding to supplement the grant already received.

Recommendations for Saratoga Associates came through the project committee, comprised of Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin, Trustee Janice Abdo-Rott, Village Clerk Lisa DeVona and Parks and Recreation Director Jim Raulli.

The board tabled any decisions and have yet to decide if they will propose presentations from the other bidders found through the Request for Proposal process that began late last year.

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