GLENVILLE – The town has secured six acres of land at the intersection of Dutch Meadows Lane and Route 50 to help create Legacy Park – a place dedicated to veterans.
“We’re very excited,” said Larry Zeglen, a member of the seven-person project committee and Vietnam War veteran. “It’s a huge leap forward and will allow us to raise the funds to finish the job.”
Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle is set to announce the project Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. during a Facebook live event at the site.
The Legacy Project began about 4 1/2 years ago and is the combination of two ideas, Zeglen said.
During a trip in Utah, Joyce Maddalone came upon a Rotary Club that had created a veterans park and she liked the concept so much she suggested the idea to Zeglen. Gerald Barr and his wife stopped in to Richard’s Coffee Shop in North Carolina on their way home from a trip in Florida. The coffee shop was operated by Richard Warren, an Army Vietnam veteran “who flew a Huey attack helicopter, or ‘gunship,’ with the callsign ‘Mustang 53,’” states the shop’s website. The shop was a living museum dedicated to those who served in the military.
Zeglen said Barr wanted a similar concept here. So, Zeglen decided to marry the two ideas and create a park that had a 10,000-square-foot cafe and living museum where there also will be a veterans coordinator to help people. Granite monuments will be engraved with the names of military personnel from the 11 counties that make up the Capital Region who died while serving in the country’s wars.
“It will be an amazing place where veterans, their families and the public can come in,” Zeglen said. “They can meet and talk with each other and see the history of our country and the wars that we fought and meet some of these amazing heroes.”
The park would also have trails, benches and a pavilion for events.
Zeglen said Maddalone and Barr have since died, but “clearly their visions live on.”
Koetzle said he had been trying to find a plot of land in the town to build the park for around two years. After many months of discussions he was able to get William Hoblock with Richbell Capital to donate the land to the town. Hoblock, who is currently building a multi-family community complex called The Residences at Town Square on the road, said he’s excited to be a part of the project.
“We knew that we would have some land available that we were not going to develop as part of our multi-family community,” Hoblock said.
Koetzle said the other great part about the park is that it will be along a bus route. “Veterans wanted it accessible through mass transit,” he said.
Zeglen said the location is perfect.
Koetzle said the town has put in an application for state grant funding to help build the park. It will be at least a couple hundred thousand, if not more, he said.
Zeglen said the committee is also looking at ways to raise funds, such as having people by bricks and benches. People can also make private donations or become a sponsor, he said.
There is no date yet for the park’s completion.
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