Halfmoon to build community center in park

Public facility will not only feature gymnasium and multi-purpose space, but also become the new home of the town's Recreation Department
Town of Halfmoon officials have announced plans to construct a new, public community center at the town's park on Route 236.
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Town of Halfmoon officials have announced plans to construct a new, public community center at the town's park on Route 236.

HALFMOON — The town is planning to build a $2.8 million public community center in the town park, much of which will be paid for with a New York State grant.

During its Feb. 6 meeting, the Halfmoon Town Board approved an $89,000 expenditure for initial phases of the project, including land surveying and design services.

The town will pay for a majority of the project via a $2 million State and Municipal Facilities Grant. The remaining $800,000 will be covered from funds the town has in reserves, said Supervisor Kevin Tollisen.

Halfmoon’s town park is on state Route 236. The new center will feature a 5,800-square foot gymnasium and a 4,600-square foot multi-use space, which will include storage and office rooms for the town’s recreation department.

That department will move to the community center permanently from its offices in town hall, Tollisen said.

The gym will be used for basketball, dodgeball and a variety of other activities, Tollisen said.

While the creation of a community center has been part of the town’s capital plan for years, the state grant, which was secured by former state Sen. Kathy Marchione toward the end of last year, gave the town the financial stability to start work.

“It certainly made this project something that is now possible,” Tollisen said of the grant funding.

MJ Engineering and Land Surveying will provide architectural and engineering services for the design of the center, which is the next step in the process.

Though he could not confirm an exact time line for completion of the project, Tollisen said it could be finished in two years or sooner, depending on the construction bidding process.

“The designs are not finalized. We’re currently working on plans for it,” he said.

Creating a community center is crucial to providing Halfmoon residents with recreational opportunities that can be enjoyed easily and safely, Tollisen said.

“It’s going to be an all weather facility so we’ll be able to do events throughout the entire year for our town residents. Obviously our goal is always servicing our town resident,” Tollisen said.

A representative from the town’s recreation department did not return a call seeking comment on the community center project.

Members of the Halfmoon Town Board did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the project.

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