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Ives park improvements to begin next month

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POTSDAM — Ives Park soon will be getting a facelift.

Chazen Cos. Inc., Glens Falls, last week submitted plans for park improvement, including a walkway along the Raquette River.

The village has planned to make improvements at the park for nearly a year, and construction is set to start this summer and continue into the fall.

The village Department of Public Works will handle the construction itself. Officials will meet with Chazen Cos. on July 24 to finalize the plans before work begins.

“If everything is acceptable, the Department of Public Works can start construction work in August,” Planning and Development Director Frederick J. Hanss said.

A new walking path will follow the Raquette River and connect to Bay Street.

Nights at the park will get brighter with the installation of old-fashioned lampposts, designed to remind people of the park’s creation in the 1930s.

The whole thing is designed to make the small riverside property more appealing to locals and to tourists.

“It’s going to be a really lovely project,” Mr. Hanss said.

The improvements are being funded with state grant money. Further plans for the park include the construction of a new playground, kayak launch and open-air pavilion for the farmers market.

The project is one of the first steps in the village’s much larger Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Plan, which is expected to take 10 years and cost $2.6 million to complete.

In addition to the park improvements, the village is planning the eventual creation of an artificial whitewater rapids park for kayakers.

The new walking path will be connected to a proposed Raquette Riverwalk, a pedestrian walkway that will connect several village locations such as Clarkson University, Ives Park and Fall Island.

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