Future Broadalbin Park looks at possible spring 2019 opening

Project now ninety percent complete

One of the baseball fields at Broadalbin Park on Union Mills Road is shown. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

BROADALBIN — The future Broadalbin Park, which began construction in March 2017, is now 90 percent complete and will possibly be open by spring 2019.

Keith Buchanan, Broadalbin Youth Commission member, said although it is 90 percent complete, there is still work to be done to parts of the park including the concession stand, bathrooms, basketball court and they are waiting for good grass to grow.

He said everything with the park is going as scheduled and there haven’t been any issues yet. He expects the park to be 100 percent completed the end of summer.

However, one of the baseball fields and the practice football field will not be complete by the end of the summer because they were not part of the original plans.

“[I’m] hoping by the end of summer, depends on how the grass grows,” Buchanan said.

The Broadalbin Park will feature two full sized soccer fields, two softball fields, two baseball fields, a concession stand, a pavilion, a playground, bathrooms and parking for approximately 250 cars.

There is also a 16-by-30 shed that was built and donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement in Amsterdam. Buchanan said the shed will be used for storage.

The cost of the 24 acre park is approximately a little over $1 million. Some of the funding for the park came from a $500,000 state match grant.

Buchanan said a majority of the funding comes from the Home Show and Craft Fair and the Golf tournament. Other funding includes the Junk in the Trunk, which always takes place on the last Saturday of July.

All proceeds from those three events goes toward the Broadalbin Park Improvement Fund.

Buchanan said he would like to have a capital campaign in which he is looking for businesses who would like to donate money toward the park and then have something within the park named after them.

“We’re always looking for donations,” Buchanan said.

He said the purpose of the park isn’t just for the community.

“It is for the whole family to use,” Buchanan said.

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