AMSTERDAM – In recent years, Amsterdam’s Veterans Park has seen several upgrades.
The latest was announced Tuesday as Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, presided over a check presentation for $100,000 of state funding that will go toward building a new pool house.
It was the second time in five days that Santabarbara visited the park after presenting a check for $10,000 on Friday for state funding that will help overhaul the basketball courts there.
“The pool has been a staple for the community,” Amsterdam Mayor Michael Cinquanti said. “I swam in it when I was a child.
“It’s a wonderful piece of Veterans Park. This new investment will add a tremendous resource.” Cinquanti said that the pool was installed at the park in 1965.
“It’s been kept in great shape,” he said.
Though the pool is in good condition, the existing pool house is not.
“The pool house has seen its better days,” Cinquanti said. “It’s in the wrong position as well. State regulations require visitors to walk through the pool house and showers, so the location of the current pool house isn’t the most convenient.”
The new pool house will be located on the Locust Avenue side of the pool, allowing guests easier access to the facility.
“The existing pool house has lived its useful life,” Santabarbara said. “The new design will be located at the front of the pool and be more accessible.”
The pool house and basketball court projects announced in the last week join the amphitheater, exercise track and soccer field that have been added or upgraded in recent years.
“[Amsterdam] has worked hard to make improvements to the park,” Santabarbara said.
The assemblyman said including funds to maintain places like Veterans Park in the state budget was a priority in order to ensure spaces that serve the community were not overlooked while attention has been redirected to the effects of the pandemic over the last year.
“Now that we’re coming out of the pandemic, it was particularly important for me to ensure that we had funding to support our youth and make sure they don’t suffer because of those challenges,” Santabarbara said. “I think the pandemic helped us appreciate how important outdoor recreation is. I think we’ve sort of rediscovered how much we need and enjoy these facilities.”
Cinquanti said that he’s hoping ground will be broken on the project this fall and that the $100,000 in funding should cover the majority of the cost.
“There have been lot of improvements to the park over the last few years and they’ve been done with very little taxpayer investment,” Cinquanti said.
“I’m excited to have an updated and renovated pool house to the list.”
In addition to the projects at the park, the mayor said that there are several upgrades going on around the community.
“Amsterdam is really moving,” Cinquanti said. “We’ve got a lot of exciting projects going on right now.”
The pool is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The admission fee is $1 per person, which includes both swimmers and non-swimmers.