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Trail proposal part of project to dedicate Glenville’s Legacy Park to veterans

This rendering shows the proposed trail layout for Legacy Park, which is located on six acres at the corner of Dutch Meadow and Route 50.
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This rendering shows the proposed trail layout for Legacy Park, which is located on six acres at the corner of Dutch Meadow and Route 50.

GLENVILLE — The town of Glenville will present a proposal for a nearly one mile trail in Legacy Park to the Park Planning Commission Tuesday. 

The goal of the project is to have the park a place dedicated to veterans located on six acres of land at the intersection of Dutch Meadows Lane and Route 50, consist of the trail, benches, monuments and a café. 

Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said the trail portion of the project will need permits from the Department of Environmental Conservation because there will be some wetland disturbance. However, the hope is to start work on the trail around Memorial Day. 

Koetzle said Delaware Engineering is helping with the project for free. He also said discussions are ongoing about what the trail will be made out of. 

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Once work is able to begin, Koetzle said town highway personnel will help with some of the work. While costs for the trail aren’t finalized, it could cost around $60,000, he said. 

The supervisor said the town has $100,000 set aside for the park at the moment. 

He’s also hoping that once the trail is finished the town might be able to build a stage in the park by summer, so that the town’s summer concert series could be held there. Koetzle said he doesn’t anticipate the stage costing more than $40,000. 

“It’s a huge step forward,” said Larry Zeglan, a member of the seven-person project committee and Vietnam War veteran. 

Zeglan said efforts to raise funds have progressed as well. 

“We’re really motivated,” he said.

Other members include Marry Brandt, Justine Crowley Duncan, Ginny Barr, Laurie Murphy, Kurt Semon, Gene Loparco and Kurt Bedore. 

They’ve all been working to find ways to get funding for the other pieces of the park. 

Zeglan said they just received a $10,000 donation from Price Chopper. 

Barr worked with Proctors Theatre to have actor Rick Plummer put on a show in late May about Ernie Pyle, an American journalist who wrote stories about World War II soldiers, according to Zeglan. 

Tickets for the performance are available on Proctors website and people can also purchase tickets for a veteran to attend the show, Zeglan said. 

The group has also placed donation jars at 25 to 30 locations throughout town.

“The folks are really amazing in this area,” Zeglan said. 

The group is also looking to create a buy a brick program as part of the monuments that will be erected. 

Zeglan said, “We’re very excited about the possibilities.”

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To make a donation by mail, make checks payable to Capital Region Veterans Memorial and mail them to Capital Region Veterans Memorial, Trustco Bank, 286 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302. Donations can also be made online here.

Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at 518-478-2230 or by email at [email protected]

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