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Town seeks grant for beach upgrades

JOHNSBURG The town beach could see more than $100,000 worth of improvements if a grant application approved by the town board on Tuesday proves successful.

The state grant would pay for an outdoor activity dock, an adventure playground, resurfacing the tennis and basketball courts, skateboard modules and trail improvements, said Ski Bowl Park Commission Chairwoman Andrea McKee.

The adventure playground would be a community project in which up to 100 volunteers would gather for two days on a weekend to design and build a play structure that would be unique, McKee said. It could include a rope course and a slide.

The neat thing about this is we could put a slide off the end of this thing right into the water, McKee said.

The trail improvements are being included because of the high level of use the town trails experience coupled with a desire by the state to emphasize interpretive and historic trails as a priority in awarding grants, McKee said.

The grant calls for match from the town either in cash or in-kind services such as labor or supplies, the amount of which is estimated to be $64,000.

Though McKee said that perhaps the board may wish to consider using occupancy tax funds to pay for part of the match, board members said there were other options.

Board member Arnold Stevens said the town could use proceeds from the sale of timber or land to fund the match.

We dont have to do it that way but its an option, Stevens said.

Board member Sterling Goodspeed agreed that its important to be aware of the towns options.

We need to know the number and we need to know that theres a way to get there without burdening the taxpayer, Goodspeed said. This shows that we can get there.

The board voted unanimously to move forward with the grant application and authorized Kelly Nessle to proceed with preparing the grant application.

I know that weve had questions, Goodspeed said. But the project has evolved and its stronger because of it. It looks like a good project.

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