SCHENECTADY — The Capital Region Land Bank’s board of directors and The Schenectady Foundation have agreed to build a splash pad at Wallingford Park.
The splash pad will be built in the city’s Mont Pleasant neighborhood as part of the Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge program that seeks to engage residents and neighborhood groups to revitalize neighborhoods and awards grants to unique proposals.
The Schenectady Foundation is expected to pay $100,000 to fund the project, which will be implemented by the Land Bank and the city.
The project is in the design phase, with construction expected to begin early summer with the goal to have the pad operational before the end of summer.
The splash pad was proposed by the Mont Pleasant Neighborhood Association through the Thriving Neighborhood Challenge. The park features a playground, a playing field and is a location for the Schenectady Inner City Ministry summer meals program, serving approximately 150 lunches for children each week during the summer. The Neighborhood Association said it felt that this would be an optimal place for kids from the community to cool off in the summer heat.
The Land Bank built a splash pad at Tribute Park in the Eastern Avenue neighborhood in 2018. The foundation and city funded a splash pad at Woodlawn Park in 2019 developed by the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association.
“The Mont Pleasant Neighborhood Association identified the splash pad as a priority and we are pleased to move this project forward,” said Richard Ruzzo, chairman of the Land Bank and a Schenectady County legislator.
“This is exactly the type of neighborhood building project that the Land Bank likes to be involved with,” Ruzzo said. “The new splash pads at Tribute Park and Woodlawn Park have been a major hit and we look forward to Mont Pleasant joining in the fun.”
Mayor Gary McCarthy said, “As we work every day to beat the COVID crisis, we are committed to moving ahead with capital projects like this new splash pad as part of our efforts to build back better. We thank The Schenectady Foundation and the Land Bank for working with the city team to make this possible.”
Robert Carreau, executive director of the Schenectady Foundation said, “This is a project Mont Pleasant needs and wants. We are thrilled to help make the splash pad possible, and thankful to have such a strong, competent partner as the Land Bank taking the lead role to get it done.”
The Land Bank will oversee construction and installation of the splash pad.
The project will be designed by Parkitects and use equipment and systems from Aquatix by Landscape Structures, the same two companies that designed and installed the splash pad at Tribute Park.