Council seeks funding for spray park

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council authorized the submission of a $345,000 state grant application on Tuesday seeking the funds to bring a spray park to the city.

The Common Council has been discussing the possible construction of a spray park in the city over the last year and awarded a bid for preliminary design services to CHA Consulting in December to determine the estimated cost of installing the recreational water feature at Trail Station Park.

The spray park would be situated behind Trail Station Park’s circular pavilion, next to the rectangular pavilion in an area of about 7,200 square feet. The spray park would total about 4,050 square feet and would feature a nonskid, sloped floor with jets of varying sizes to spray water out of the ground.

According to the preliminary design returned by CHA, construction of the spray park and other needed facilities including restrooms would cost an estimated $460,000.

On Tuesday, the Common Council approved a resolution authorizing the submission of a grant application seeking 75 percent of the total project cost, approximately $345,000, through the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The city would be responsible for matching 25 percent of the project cost or $115,000.

The council approved resolution states, “the city of Gloversville hereby fully supports this project” as the city is “in need of improved recreational facilities during the summer months, particularly for the children of the community.”

Multiple locations within the city were considered as possible spray park sites, but the council ultimately settled on Trail Station Park as the most suitable location due in part to existing water and sewer lines for the park to connect to.

The council resolution goes on to describe Trail Station Park as “centrally located and an ideal location for summer recreational activity and in walking distance for most neighborhoods in the city.”

If the city’s grant application is successful, Mayor Vincent DeSantis said construction of the spray park will likely begin next spring.