The results of the Thomas Felten Park Expansion survey are in, and the expansion committee is ready to get to work. Patti Brooks, a member of the Thomas Felten Park Expansion Committee, reported to the Plattekill Town Board on the survey results. A total of 325 Plattekill residents provided their feedback and opinions as to how the currently undeveloped 75 acres of Thomas Felten Park should be utilized by the town in the future. Walking trails topped the list of most desired new features, followed by a water attraction, winter recreation, an expanded playground and a dog park. Residents also indicated that they would like to see more community events at the park, such as summer movies and vendor fairs. Many residents indicated that they would like to volunteer their time to help with the park expansion projects.
At Wednesday night’s meeting, the Thomas Felten Park Expansion Committee presented their plan to develop a detailed survey of the existing park. This survey would give the committee a better idea of what structures are currently in the park, how they relate to one another, and where future projects should be placed. The services of Brooks and Brooks, PC to complete the survey were graciously donated by Patti Brooks. To allow the committee time to create a master plan, the Town Board was asked to put a hold on all community projects at Thomas Felten Park. This would include Eagle Scout projects and community group projects. A meeting has been set up between the committee members and Robert Wagar, head of buildings and grounds for the Town of Plattekill. His feedback will be key when creating future plans for the park. In response, Plattekill Town Supervisor Joseph Croce asked the committee to prioritize their plans and start with updates to the existing structures at the park. While many of the facilities are becoming outdated, upgrades will need to be considered for the parking lot and restrooms to accommodate any future expansion. The Thomas Felten Park Expansion Committee will be hosting public meetings in the upcoming months to start creating a master plan.
The next meeting of the Plattekill Town Board will be held on March 18 at the Plattekill Town Hall. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.