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Ballston board seeks help planning new park

Ballston board seeks help planning new park

The Ballston Town Board is looking for a half-dozen volunteers interested in increasing park and rec

The Ballston Town Board is looking for a half-dozen volunteers interested in increasing park and recreation facilities in the town, and it has the money to back up the projects.

“We’re expecting a settlement on an inheritance soon that could bring in over half a million dollars,” Town Board member Mary Beth Hynes said.

The money is from the estate of Frank W. Schidzick Jr., who died in 2001.

Schidzick, of Ballston Lake, owned and operated Anchor Glass Co. in Ballston Spa for several years. When he died, he named the town in his will with instructions that a park be created.

Hynes said the money has been tied up in court after relatives disputed the will.

“We’ve been told the case is nearing the end and it looks like we will be getting that money,” she said.

Additionally, the town has a dedicated recreation budget that is funded by developers when they build new residential units.

The Town Board approved increasing the recreation fee from $500 per unit to $1,000 per unit on Tuesday.

Hynes said a Parks and Recreation Committee that existed several years ago seemed to disappear after the construction of the town fishing pier on Ballston Lake and the first leg of the bike path along a National Grid right of way near the lake.

“I think once that work was done, there was no obvious need for the committee and it faded away,” she said.

Currently, Jenkins Park on Jenkins Road is the only substantial town park.

A playground and ball fields at the park have recently received some updates, and the property is overseen by an advisory board.

The bike path, fishing pier and a small neighborhood park near the Ballston Spa village line are currently the only other recreational facilities in Ballston.

“I think people in Ballston who live near Malta visit the Shenantaha Creek Park [on Eastline Road] and residents near Glenville go to Indian Meadows,” Hynes said. “It would be nice if we could have our own substantial area for recreation.”

Ballston residents interested in serving on a committee to explore recreational opportunities may send a letter to Town Hall, P.O. Box 67, Burnt Hills, NY 12027.

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