As they did previously in 2009, the Parks Committee is examining the current and future features within these Parks and is seeking the preferences of village residents for improvements and possible added attractions over the next few years. When complete, this Guidance Document will be used to shape what is being dubbed "Picture Our Parks 2025": a comprehensive system-wide reinvestment in our Village's Urban Open Spaces with the goal of obtaining funding to realize their full potential within the next 6 years.
Please take the time to indicate below the changes that are of interest to you and your family. We appreciate your advice. New ideas are welcome, and we would love to hear your thoughts or feedback on how we can improve your experience!
The following questions apply only to Garrison Park.
It also had, until this year, a second pool feature that was slightly deeper than that of Garrison Park; this pool has unfortunately been closed due to deferred maintenance and stream-bank erosion which has made the facility unusable. The Village Board has decided not to continue investing in short term repairs, but rather in long term replacement. The Village Board is interested in investing in a feature that is usable for longer periods of the year, may serve multiple functions, and may limit or even eliminate the need for paid attendants.
The following questions apply only to Island Park.
Generally considered the Village's "Athletic Park", the amenities include a softball diamond and soccer field, a basketball court, tennis courts, children’s play pieces, and a gazebo. A public restroom facility was added along Village Square Lane in the last few years and a significant roadway improvement project along Village Square Lane and South Long Streets has improved storm water management including one of the first porous asphalt parking lots in Western New York.
Additional properties have been acquired by the Village in the past year. A zombie house at 96 S. Long has been reclaimed by the Village and is planned to be incorporated into the Park. Additionally, through a land swap with Natale development, a significant portion of a former industrial site has now been reclaimed by the Village which will reconnect the Lehigh Railroad Depot area to the South with the rest of the Park to the North and the west end of Milton St. Another benefit of the land swap deal was the acquisition of the Historic Lehigh Section House, which will be refurbished for public uses. Lastly, it is the Village's intention to permanently relocate the DPW's "sideyard" elsewhere (out of the Park).
The following questions only apply to S. Long Park and the Lehigh Railroad Depot District.
Generally, the trail only requires regular maintenance, however, a private group of residents has begun planning and fundraising with the intention of establishing of a dog park along the trail; this project is not a Village funded project. The Parks Committee requests your feedback on this idea.
The following questions only apply to the Lehigh Memorial Trail.