June 1, 2016


White sand added to Virgil park beach

VetPhotos by Bob Ellis/staff photographer
An overview of Hope Lake in Virgil is shown with its newly installed white sand beach Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

VIRGIL — Summer is here, with temperatures last week rising into the 80s, and with this warm weather comes the start of swimming season.
At the town of Virgil’s Hope Lake Park, maintenance has led to some new changes at the park.
This year, a planning committee of community members has sat down and began to look toward the future.
New sand has been added to the beach. More than 140 tons of sand, which cost approximately $9,100, has been installed, said Alane VanDonsel, Virgil town clerk.
“Maintenance is being done as well,” VanDonsel said.
New drainage ditches are being worked on. These ditches will help control water flow, VanDonsel said. In the past, water was flowing downhill to the beach and washing away the sand.
The committee has its sights set on some future business, VanDonsel said.
The topics of new picnic tables, a new park rescue boat and the replacement of buoys at the lake are being looked into by the committee, VanDonsel said.
Maintenance on the upkeep of the park’s walking trails has also been the subject of committee meetings but a decision from the committee has not yet been reached, VanDonsel said.
The committee is also working on a plan to deal withwildlife at the park. “Wildlife control of the geese population is also happening,” VanDonsel said.
Also the park is looking at ways to deal with beavers, which are compromising the structure of the park’s dam.
The committee plans to discuss some of these possibilities at the next Town Board Meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9.


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