Ballfield facilities dedicated to local icons Marinelli, Chandler

LAKE GEORGE - For years, Raymond Chandler and Walter Marinelli worked on constructing recreational facilities and providing activities for area youth.

Saturday, they were honored for their years of work and leadership, as about 100 local citizens gathered to dedicate facilities in their names.

Lake George Village and Town officials were joined by the joint Town-Village Youth Commission in honoring Chandler and Marinelli, both deceased, who contributed so much to the communities' youth activities and the village's recreation complex, Village Mayor Robert Blais said.

A ballfield was dedicated to Chandler and a new refreshment stand was named for Marinelli.

Families of both men were present for the ceremonies, conducted on site.

The 340-acre recreation complex, located off Route 9N on Transfer Rd., features three baseball diamonds, a soccer field, a football field, 12 kilometers of cross-country ski trails, a winter tubing hill, public restrooms and a children's play area.

The concept to transform the Town's former landfill and Village property into the multi-use area was conceived by a committee comprised of Marinelli, Blais, Neil McPhillips and Michael Lanfear. Much of the work was accomplished by Village and Town forces with a grant from the state Department of Parks & Recreation.

Saturday's ball-diamond dedication honored Raymond Chandler, long-time Lake George Elementary School teacher, coach and past director of the Lake George Youth Commission. Ray devoted much of his life to young people and was responsible for the growth of the Lake George Youth Commission along with former director Don Corsetti, Blais said.

McPhillips said that Marinelli had devised and organized a slew of events that raised a considerable sum, leveraging state grants to make the Recreation Complex a reality. It was very appropriate, he said, that the concession stand was now known as "Wally's Hut."

"The Recreation Complex is a treasure and very, very important to the community," McPhillips said, adding that Chandler was a great influence on children.

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