2019 Village Parks Survey
The Village Board has tasked the Park's committee with preparing a Guidance Document for the major Parks in the Village: Garrison Park, Island Park, Lehigh Depot District, Lehigh Memorial Trail, and South Long Park. Some of these facilities just need maintenance while others may need significant investment.

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!

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Garrison Park
Located at Garrison Road, S. Ellicott Street and Park Drive, Garrison Park is generally considered the family play park and is equipped with a wading pool that is 18″ deep, swings, slides, a climbing apparatus, a sandbox, and a half-size basketball court with youth sized net and backboard. There is a large gazebo located in the park. The Park is currently serviced by two porta-john restrooms and has on street parking along Park St and Garrison Rd.

The following questions apply only to Garrison Park.

Please check any of the following that are important to you in Garrison Park: *
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Are there current uses or facilities at Garrison Park that you would suggest eliminating?
Additional Comments/Suggestions:
If you selected any answers regarding improvements to existing features, please elaborate here.
Island Park
Located behind Town Hall, Island Park is generally considered the Community Events Park, as it is the scene of many Village functions including Old Home Days, Oktoberfest, the Halloween Costume Parade and Party, Movies in the Park, Music in the Park Series and many others. It contains swings, slides, climbing apparatus, and barbecue grills. There are two picnic shelters (the large pavilion and small picnic gazebo) which may be rented by anyone and it has permanent bathrooms.

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.

Please check any of the following that are important to you in Island Park: *
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If you were to rent the pavilion or shelter on the Island, is there anything that would make the facilities more attractive?
What types of events would you like to see taking place on the island?
With respect to a replacement for the current pool, please check any of the following that you would be interested in seeing: *
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Please consider the long term future of the Island. What is your vision of Island Park?
Are there current uses or facilities at Island Park that you would suggest eliminating?
Additional Comments/Suggestions:
If you selected any answers regarding improvements to existing features, please elaborate here.
South Long Park and Lehigh Railroad Depot District
This beautiful Village park and Historic District, located on S. Long St. near Village Square Lane, has the most potential but has suffered from neglect.

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.

Please check any of the following that are important to you in South Long Park: *
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Would you be in favor of a new layout of the South Long Park facilities to enhance the new connection to the Railroad Depot? *
Are there current uses or facilities at South Long Park that you would suggest eliminating?
With respect to the Lehigh Railroad Area, what improvements would you like to see? *
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With respect to the Historic Section House, what potential uses would you be in favor of (check all that apply)? *
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Are there current uses or facilities at the Lehigh Railroad Depot that you would suggest eliminating?
During the Planning Board hearing for the proposed Natale Development on California Drive on March 5, 2018, in an effort to address some nearby resident's concerns about increased traffic in the California Drive and Milton Street area, the mayor stated that he would commit the Village Board to exploring the potential of a rear exit from the development with a connection to S. Long St. The Planning Board accepted the proposed site plan, but required the developer to remove the Milton Street driveway if a connection to S. Long was ever created. In 2018, the Village acquired a zombie parcel immediately south of the Lehigh Depot (96 S. Long) and has been asked to provide an improved parking lot for this area. A driveway connection for the private development to the new public lot has been proposed to be built along the edge of the Lehigh Depot area through the park as a way of achieving this rear exit. On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your opinion of this a driveway connection? *
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completely unfavorable
completely favorable
Additional Comments/Suggestions:
If you selected any answers regarding improvements to existing features, please elaborate here.
Lehigh Memorial Trail
The Lehigh Memory Trail runs from S. Cayuga Road to S. Long Street in the Southwest section of the Village. It is the Village of Williamsville’s newest park, purchased from the Lehigh Railroad and converted into a park in 1990.

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.

The proposed location for the dog park is a roughly triangular shaped, heavily wooded area with Garden Parkway on the west and south and the Trail along the northeast. The dog park would not be located closer than 50-feet to any existing residential rear yard and would be completely fenced in. It would be accessible directly from the Trail and, eventually, from California Dr upon completion of the Natale development. On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your opinion of a dog park in this area? *
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Completely Unfavorable
Completely Favorable
If you are in favor of the Dog Park (6-10), what features would you like to see included?
Are you a dog owner? *
Additional Comments/Suggestions:
If you selected any answers regarding improvements to existing features, please elaborate here.
Street Name *
Do you live near one of the Parks? *
If yes, which one?
Age Range
Do you have children under the age of 18?
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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