CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON - The village is prioritizing improvements to its waterfront parks this year to give people a more enjoyable experience at the facilities.
With a fund of nearly $70,000, Mayor Brenden Coyne plans to improve amenities at the parks, especially Donahue Memorial Park.
“Waterfront parks are always something we want to improve because it's in our name. People use it all the time, especially during summer time,” Coyne sdaid.
Donahue Memorial Park is located at a historic site, Cornwall Landing, where steamboats and trains fostered a bustling business community in the 1940s.
The park was established after a planned hydro electric plant failed due to concerns over potential impact on Storm King Mountain and Hudson River. Every summer, it attracts people from all over the area to come for picnics, kayaking and boating. The gazebo in the corner is a hot spot for weddings.
A $60,000 grant from state Sen. James Skoufis office would replace portable restrooms with composting toilets. Coyne looks to apply for more grants this year to build picnic pavilions.
Roads maintenance is also on the to-do list. Over the past years, the village has put in an additional $100,000 for pavement. Although the village only has a total area of two square miles, Coyne said, it has a fair amount of roadway, as long as 27 miles.
“It's expensive to fix roads. We have a plan to cover the entire village, and we're getting there little by little,” Coyne added.
A five-member committee is completing a comprehensive plan draft to bring the outdated plan into a modern day.
The new comprehensive plan will address land use planning, improve waterfront areas and conserve natural resources. Led Klosky, chairman of the committee, said the draft of the plan will be unveiled in mid-March, and a public information meeting is set for March 26.
“We'll leave the plan to speak for itself,” Klosky said.