Park opens, back on track for expansion

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Youth Commission’s park project is back on track after being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic resulted in the cancelation of such events as a summer golf tournament, a fall craft fair and a spring home show and craft fair. More significantly, it resulted in a change of plans for the town’s taxes. The initial plan had been that no tax payer money would go into the park, but due to the pandemic the initial 20-year loan plan was changed to a 5-year plan, resulting in an 8 percent tax increase. The Youth Commission’s Peter Buchanon stated that this choice was in the right, given the circumstances.

Despite this, Buchanon only had enthusiasm for the future of the park, naming plans for the addition of a new walking path, more pavilions, and a sand volleyball court as immediate plans for the future. He emphasized that the park was not just for the Youth Commission’s purposes, but for the entire Broadalbin community. Buchanon was particularly adamant about the community’s positive impact on the park project, name checking the generous donations of such local companies as Lowes, Adirondack Mechanical, and the Lion’s Club in the park’s development. He stated “It was great to see it open in May. It was a long time coming, but to see the smiles on the kids’ and parents’ faces made it worth it. We have not heard a negative comment all year, which is great”.

This year the park will be making up for the canceled events last year, with a “Junk in the Trunk” flea market event taking place on Saturday, a gold tournament on Oct. 3, and a home show and craft fair on Nov. 6 and 7.

Anyone can purchase signs for advertising on the park fence for $500. If any readers want to get involved, Buchanon can be contacted at (518) 598-9266.


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