Plans in the works for redesigned Veterans Park

ROUSES POINT - There's a new look in store for Veterans Park with the hope of local officials to draw more people to the village's waterfront.

According to community development director Melissa M. McManus, a project advisory committee which has been meeting since January recently approved a concept sketch consisting of several improvements to the Montgomery Street park. The sketch, drawn up by Elan Planning and Design Inc., Saratoga Springs, includes the construction of a formal walkway connecting the park from the Rouses Point Civic Center on Lake Street to the village's waterfront properties along Montgomery Street.

"The village is looking at doing a lot of site improvement, which would include additional tree planting and landscaping to enhance the park setting," explained McManus. "This will hopefully encourage people to come and sit and enjoy the lake and contemplate the sacrifices our veterans have made for us over the years."

The improvements to Veterans Park will also include installing a brick "plaza" around the base of the park's flagpole, which would also be replaced, and additional parking to the south end of the parcel.

Further north on Montgomery Street, enhancements to a former beach area owned by the village would also be made, including establishing a kayak launching site. Permit applications have been filed with the state to create additional parking there for those wishing to access the park and the waterfront area, said McManus.

"That site would be connected to Veterans Park and the shoreline walkway with ornamental street lighting," said McManus. "It would continue the existing street lighting we have up and down Montgomery Street by the pier and along to Route 2."

The cost of the project is expected be covered by a $130,000 grant the village received from the Department of State Division of Coastal Resources, said McManus. Village Department of Public Works crews will perform as much of the work as possible through in-kind services, as a way of meeting matching funds requirements of the grant, said McManus.

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