Potsdam Park To See Major Improvements

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For 80 years, Ives Park has been the perfect place for a stroll or an outdoor lunch.

"It's a beautiful place. I love this," said Ginger Tebo, who was having lunch in the park.

But just wait - the ground has been broken on a major improvement project. 

"It probably will draw a lot more people down to the park," said David Fenton, Potsdam village administrator.

The plan, years in the making, calls for new lighting, benches, decorative railing, better canoe and kayak access, new space for a farmer's market and a wider and more decorative walkway.

"It'll get people to the waterfront and make a looped experience all the way around it," said Paul Cummings, consultant. 

So, will the folks of Potsdam like it when it's done?

Well, that's almost guaranteed since they helped design it.

"People actually participated in some of the design, where they'd actually draw where trails should go, where improvements are needed," said Cummings.

This is just the beginning.

The village has a plan to make better use of its other riverfront, as well.

"We hope to have projects that can be accomplished with the resources you have at your disposal and here we have the phenomenal resource of the Raquette River," said Fred Hanss, said village planning director.

The village also has help from New York state, which is helping pay for this and other waterfront projects in the area.

Monday, December 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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