Council Support Sought To Upgrade Library Park

Council Support Sought

To Upgrade Library Park

Five acres for a park were part of financier Henry Huntington’s gift, including his mansion, that established Oneonta’s library a century ago.

ONEONTA – The Huntington Memorial Library director will ask Common Council Tuesday for a resolution supporting its $500,000 plan to make the park around the park more welcoming and used by the public.

The plan, first outlined last November,  includes an overlook, a tented pavilion/entertainment venue, an arboretum, a children’s garden (where children can play or garden), a picnic area, new plantings and a “formalized” sledding slope.

Tina Winstead, the library director, said the resolution will enable the library trustees to seek funding from the state Environmental Protection Fund.   If the money is awarded next spring, work on the project may begin over the summer.

Breiten Associates, Fly Creek, developed the new plans, which were presented to the public last November during centennial celebrations.

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