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Board targets Skaneateles Falls park for possible projects

A satellite view of Skaneateles Falls Playground and surrounding area. Though the town board discussed providing better access to the park by adding a sidewalk or acquiring access to the land to the east of the park, they voted to apply for a grant to enhance the playground and basketball.

A satellite view of Skaneateles Falls Playground and surrounding area. Though the town board discussed providing better access to the park by adding a sidewalk or acquiring access to the land to the east of the park, they voted to apply for a grant to enhance the playground and basketball.

The Skaneateles Town Board discussed two potential future projects to improve the park in Skaneateles Falls, at its Feb. 20 meeting.

The board voted to spend up to $500 to hire a grant writer to apply for a Community Development Fund administered by Onondaga County. Though it discussed two possible projects, the application will be to enhance the park’s basketball court and playground area.

Though no members of the public spoke during a public hearing, Supervisor Mary Sennett proposed the improvements to Skaneateles Falls Playground, located off of Jordan Road and School Street near the American Legion building. The park improvements would meet the criteria for the grant, Sennett said.

Councilor Jim Greenfield voted against the expenditure. The town would be better served to wait until next year when it would have more time to plan ahead for the grant, he said.

The other project the board discussed possibly pursuing in the future is expanding the park and adding proper access and parking, something it has never had.

The town owns a 16-foot strip of land giving access to School Street on which a sidewalk could be paved to give better access. Though the American Legion has expressed concerns about liability if the town were to make any changes that would encourage residents to use the building’s parking lot for access to the park, Sennett said.

There is a piece of undeveloped property adjacent to the property that is owned by National Grid that could be used for parking and access to the park from School Street or Stump Road. Former Supervisor Bill Pavlus had attempted to acquire this land during his time in office, though at that time it was owned by Niagara Mohawk, Sennett said.

“The only thing I can hope is that since it’s now National Grid and not Niagara Mohawk, maybe they’re new players and we would be able to get some sort of access to that baseball field,” Sennett said.

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