GLENVILLE – The City of Glenville will submit a proposal for a nearly one-mile trail in Legacy Park at the Park Planning Commission on Tuesday.
The goal of the project is to make the park a place dedicated to veterans located on six acres of land at the intersection of Dutch Meadows Lane and Route 50, consisting of the trail, benches, monuments and a cafe.
City supervisor Chris Koetzle said the trail portion of the project will require permits from the Department of Environmental Conservation because there will be some disturbance of wetlands. However, the hope is to start working on the trail around Memorial Day.
Koetzle said Delaware Engineering is helping the project for free. He also said discussions are ongoing about the composition of the trail.
Once work can begin, Koetzle said city highway staff will assist with some of the work. Although trail costs are not finalized, it could cost around $60,000, he said.
The supervisor said the city currently has $100,000 set aside for the park.
He also hopes that once the trail is completed, the city can build a stage in the park by summer, so that the city’s summer concert series can take place there. Koetzle said he didn’t expect the step to cost more than $40,000.
“It’s a huge step forward,” said Larry Zeglan, a member of the seven-person project committee and a Vietnam War veteran.
Zeglan said fundraising efforts have also progressed.
“We are really motivated,” he said.
Other members include Marry Brandt, Justine Crowley Duncan, Ginny Barr, Laurie Murphy, Kurt Semon, Gene Loparco, and Kurt Bedore.
They all worked to find ways to get funds for the other parts of the park.
Zeglan said they had just received a $10,000 donation from Price Chopper.
Barr worked with Proctors Theater to have actor Rick Plummer put on a show in late May about Ernie Pyle, an American journalist who wrote stories about World War II soldiers, according to Zeglan.
Tickets for the show are available on the Proctors website and people can also purchase tickets for a veteran to attend the show, Zeglan said.
The group also placed donation jars in 25 to 30 locations around the city.
“People are really amazing in this area,” Zeglan said.
The group is also looking to create a program to buy bricks as part of the monuments that will be erected.
Zeglan said, “We’re very excited about the possibilities.”
To make a donation by mail, mmake checks payable to Capital Region Veterans Memorial and mail to Capital Region Veterans Memorial, Trustco Bank, 286 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302. Donations can also be made online here.
Journalist Shenandoah Brière can be reached at 518-478-2230 or by email at [email protected].
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