Lloyd Councilman Mike Guerriero said that State Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson secured $125,000 that has been earmarked for a new pavilion at the town field. The councilman said more funds will be needed to complete this project, which will be taken from the recreation fund that developers pay into at the completion of their projects or could be done through in-kind services.
“It’s not going to cost the town anything and it’s going to be right in the village field,” Guerriero said. “We’re planning on having movies there and bands and it could generate business for the town, sort of like a Renaissance regeneration program. When you look at our village for the last 20 or 25 years, everything has been moving out of the village and this pavilion could be one asset that could bring things back as a community type of thing.”
Guerriero said it is important to remember that the village represents the entire town.
“We want it to look nice, we want to see it generating activity because it reflects on property values and people wanting to come here,” he said. “I think it [pavilion] could be a real plus for our community.”
Guerriero pointed out that when other towns hold a parade they often do not have a place where it can end, “and we have a beautiful little village and I think this just adds to it.”
The Town Board is in the midst of calculating how much more funding is needed above the $125,000 to complete the project.
Councilman Joe Mazzetti said the conceptual drawing they already have, “is more than a pavilion. It’s got an acoustical ceiling in it for live music and it’s got bathrooms, but the reality is you have the opportunity for people to watch a game or they can come to an activity in the field and have a place to bring some take out and sit and eat with their family. With the sidewalk system that we’re tying in, it just seems like a perfect fit.”