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Let’s embrace Darling Field

April 13, 2014

Gloversville’s Darling Field has been a place where generations of city residents have learned to play. However, the park has seen better days....

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Apr-16-14 8:14 PM

One of the problems with developing Darling Field as a sports complex is that it is basically swamp-like land. Very, very wet as anyone who remembers GHS football being played there can attest. Even the youth and men's summer league soccer is affected by the wetness at times. A baseball league would require a tremendous amount of remediation to the ground area in order to ensure games would not to be postponed and or canceled to consistent wet grounds. A normal all day rain can turn the field to mud in no time. I am not proposing the field not be developed for sports activities, but rather drawing attention to one problem in doing so.

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Apr-16-14 11:12 AM

MrBob51, I have to disagree on the rest of Amsterdam, I have been on different streets of the city and there are plenty of beautiful homes and many spruced up businesses. On the property tax issue, its never been taxed so should we develop homes for tax base or put something up that drives tax dollars in the form of sales and also possible revenue for use of the facility, I know someone who wanted to build near the back of the field and it has some wetland issues in the back corner so not sure if it can have a home on it but still may be used as a recreation facility which I believe is one of the provisions of the deed.

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Apr-16-14 6:15 AM

Sure, Shuttleworth Park is nice but the rest of Amsterdam is a burned out, mostly vacant crap-hole, it's only redeeming virtue is a bran-dy new Thruway exit out of Town. Why not consider selling the property to a developer, get that asset busy and back on the Tax roll. Pine Brook golf course partnering with Antonucci Produce, formerly the Coke bottling plant, is a good example. Then fix your roads.

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Apr-15-14 11:55 AM

Also TT I think if a league used them they would pay for them

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Apr-15-14 11:54 AM

Tax tired, stop down in Amsterdam to shuttleworth park and check out what lights do for a place, they draw quite a crowd to the game and those people spend $$ on getting in, Food, Beer, and shirts etc. which in turn is sales tax dollars, like I said you got to have vision to move forward!

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Apr-15-14 10:07 AM

Put up lights??? Who will get stuck with National Greeds bill??? Play during the day.

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Apr-14-14 11:16 AM

Lets have some vision for the future, since its already a recreation use lets make a a sports complex, first rumor has it the old lights from Huskie field are in the school building that was there if they are lets work to light up the field for both baseball(like Amsterdam has) and for soccer,couple this with basketball courts,tennis courts ,see if we can put up a building with bathrooms,concession and keep building off these things. Start with finding someone or group who wants to pursue this vision for the community, just ask they are out there!!

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Apr-14-14 11:03 AM

I know, they could put an Industrial Park there!

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Apr-13-14 7:39 PM

TOT, good comment, but I'd like to enlarge that to make it a community pride project, with businesses and community volunteers working together to improve the field. Projects like these help a community's pride.

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Apr-13-14 9:15 AM

As an avid tennis player I use the tennis courts there quite a bit. The Boulevard school courts are a disaster as they seem to allow skateboarders and bicycles there and no one seems to care. No serious player ever uses those courts as the kids are incredibly rude. With that being said the tennis courts at Darling field need a lot of upgrades and, as a local taxpayer, it would be great if some $$$ were invested there.

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Apr-13-14 8:58 AM

In the past this is just the thing that business would love to fund. It is an area that shows great potential and should garner much public attention making it very worthwhile for a business to invest in. How about Walmart, Price Chopper and Hannaford along with other thriving healthy businesses providing the dough? Just keep it honest so that they will not turn their backs upon the next financial request. Unless that has already happened!

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