DEKALB JUNCTION — Next week, work will begin to improve DeKalb’s Pipeline Park off Gibbon’s Street in DeKalb Junction.
Town Supervisor John M. Frary led a congregation of local officials in a ground-breaking ceremony in the park Friday morning.
Northern Tier Construction is set to get to work on the project as soon as material arrives, Frary said.
The park sits next to the fire department baseball field and has been slowly developed over many years. A playground was added to the park 10 or 12 years ago, Frary said. There is a basketball court that kids have been using.
He said the 30-by-38-foot pavilion will open the door for many more activities.
There is a gazebo in Dekalb Junction, but it sits close to Route 11 and can be a noisy location for musical events.
In addition to the pavilion, three pickleball courts will be installed on the old tennis court, the parking lot will be expanded, and security lights will be installed.
The installation of the security lights will include prepping the area for eventual lighting for the pickleball and basketball courts at a future time, Frary said.
The $200,000 project will be paid for with $140,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act, with the balance coming from the town’s general fund.
“It was a dream,” longtime town councilmember Connie Elen said. “We needed a place for the kids. We are finally getting this.”
Frary said the town will address drainage at the lower end of the park, possibly next year.
“Anything we do that’s good takes time,” he said.
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