Village, Lions plan to improve Red Jacket playground

Gwen Chamberlain

With financial support from the Penn Yan Lions Club, and the Penn Yan Elks, the village of Penn Yan will seek a $75,000 grant to build a new playground at Red Jacket Park in 2017, says Mayor Leigh MacKerchar.

MacKerchar says the Penn Yan Lions Club has already committed to contributing $30,000 toward the matching portion of the grant. The Lions Club built the existing playground in 1988, and as part of the Lions International 100th Anniversary, the local club will hold a fundraising effort.

The Elks will contribute $5,000 toward the installation of a fully accessible swing similar to the one they installed at Indian Pines Park.

At last week’s village board meeting, MacKerchar said the village will apply to New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) for the 2016 Environmental Protection Fund Grant Program.

Other business on the board’s agenda July 19 included:

• COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER: The board agreed to send a letter in support of a grant application for the expansion of the Community Center facility on North Main Street.

• TEMPORARY SIGNS: MacKerchar referred concerns about temporary commercial signs to the Planning and Development Committee after a discussion about some signs promoting various businesses.

• KEUKA COLLEGE: MacKerchar said he met with Keuka College officials Monday to discuss the college’s plans for expansion into the village of Penn Yan, primarily at the Sampson Theatre on East Elm Street.