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Park restorations, splash pads to be funded through Schenectady ‘Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge’

Park restorations, splash pads to be funded through Schenectady ‘Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge’

Foundation, city allocate $295,000 for nine projects
Park restorations, splash pads to be funded through Schenectady ‘Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge’
Robert A. Carreau, exectutive director of the Schenectady Foundation
Photographer: Gazette file photo

SCHENECTADY — Splash pads and park revitalization projects are among the top projects funded as part of the latest round of community-driven grant awards.

“Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge,” jointly funded by the city and the Schenectady Foundation, will allocate $295,000 for nine projects this year. 

Neighborhood residents seeking to revamp the Bellevue Little League field were allocated $50,000 for improvements.

On the other side of the city, $62,000 will be used to resurrect an ailing park on Eastern Avenue.

Funds have also been allocated to projects designed to facilitate “social interconnectedness” of the Caribbean community, improve crosswalks in the Boulevards Neighborhood and create a geocache challenge at the Woodlawn Preserve, a concept conceptualized by Boy Scout Troops 3357 and 3065.

Several beautification projects are also on tap, including banners for the Craig Street I-890 bridge and those designed to rebrand a section of Mont Pleasant as “Engine Hill.” 

Splash pads will be installed at Wallingford Park in Mont Pleasant and Jerry Burrell Park in Hamilton Hill. 

Now in its second year, “Thriving Neighborhoods” is designed to empower neighborhoods to conceptualize and execute community projects.

The foundation weighed 22 project entries this year. 

“People want to not only see change in their neighborhoods, but they want to be part of making it happen,” said Robert Carreau, the non-profit’s executive director. 

Among the projects previously completed as part include a LGBTQ pride sculpture at Gateway Plaza and a splash pad at Woodlawn Park. 

Each winner will be partnered with a non-profit who will act as a guide to help them navigate project details, including budget management and technical assistance.

City staff will provide technical assistance and support for some projects. 

Most projects will get underway this spring, according to the Schenectady Foundation, which announced the awards on Monday.

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