April 7, 2010


City to replace Beaudry Park lodge

New building will cost approximately $250,000 using grant, donations and city money

Staff Reporter

The Cortland Youth Bureau is planning to replace an aging recreation building in Beaudry Park by using $267,000 in state funding, local donations and unused city bond funds.
Youth Bureau Director John McNerney said he will meet Friday with Teter and Teter Consultants, an engineering and architectural firm, to discuss different options for a new building at the park.
The Youth Bureau has received a proposal from Morton Building to construct a 2,646 square-foot steel building at the site for $239,745, but McNerney said he does not know if the Youth Bureau will accept that proposal or look at other designs. The city will need to seek bids for the work.
“It’s something that I’m really excited about,” McNerney said this morning. “It’s going to give us a new building at Beaudry Park, which is used for a lot of recreational activities, so it will benefit the community.”
The Beaudry Park Community Recreation Building, a former logging hut used to support the depression-era back to work effort in Virgil, is antiquated and dangerous, according to a description of the project.
The building was transported from Virgil to Beaudry Park. It is about 2,000 square feet, McNerney estimated.
Its problems include damage to the doors, windows, roof, insulation, siding, entrance ramp and heating system.
The restrooms in the building are used during activities in the park, such as an eight-week summer recreation program, baseball and softball games, basketball games, soccer games, cross country skiing and snow shoeing lessons and a splash pool.
The Youth Bureau’s project description states that a new building would allow it to offer more programs at the park and to rent the building to community groups and families seeking a location for winter birthday parties.
A $150,000 member item for the project was secured by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Ithaca) in February 2009, McNerney said.
The Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to authorize the Youth Bureau to use the state funding.
The Youth Bureau needed the council’s approval to enter the grant agreement because it was approved by the state Dormitory Authority, which requires the approval of municipal governments.
The Youth Bureau will supplement the state funding with a $50,000 donation from Fenstermacher Estate, $50,000 in unspent city bond funds from 2002 and a $17,500 donation from Jerry Contento to demolish and remove the building at Beaudry Park.


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