Penn Yan parks get attention

Gwen Chamberlain
The Red Jacket Park playground, which does not meet safety codes, will be replaced by volunteers in May.

In mid-May, things will begin to look different in Penn Yan’s Red Jacket Park, after a project to install a new playground is complete. Then, in the coming months, work could begin on a new parks and recreation master plan.

On May 12, an army of volunteers will install a new $70,000 playground to replace the existing equipment which no longer meets the safety requirements.

The new playground will be built next to the new restrooms that were added to the park recently.

Norm Koek, who is coordinating the effort through the Penn Yan Lions Club says the local Lions Club with financial support from Lions International is investing $55,000. The Penn Yan Elks Club is contributing $15,000.

The playground is a project of KaBOOM, a company that specializes in helping communities develop play spaces. The playground at Indian Pines Park is a KaBOOM design.

Before May 12 village workers will prepare the site for the construction of the playground, then on Friday, May 12, volunteers and tools will be needed to do the work of building the playground. On May 13, the final site work will be completed and the playground will be ready for a busy summer full of fun.

While members of the Lions and Elks will provide much of the muscle, more volunteers will be needed from morning through the afternoon. Koek says coffee breaks and lunch will be provided for everyone who helps out. Watch future issues of The Chronicle-Express for details about how to volunteer.

The Penn Yan Village Board has agreed to apply for assistance from the Cornell University DesignConnect program to update the village’s parks and recreation master plan. Mayor Leigh MacKerchar says the master plan was last updated in 2010.

Cornell University students participating in the DesignConnect project recently completed a study of the Keuka Outlet Trail and provided a report with several recommendations for potential improvements that can be planned at the Cascade Mill site east of Mays Mills.

Other Penn Yan Village Board Business:

ACCESS EASEMENT: The board approved a resolution establishing an access easement through Carey’s Lumber and Building Supply to the future waterfront pathway.

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL PARADE: The annual Penn Yan Baseball and Softball Parade will begin at the boat launch at 10 a.m. April 29 and proceed along Keuka and Elm Streets to the Elm Street Sports Complex.

HUNGER WALK: The Yates Christmas Program will hold the Yates Hunger Walk starting at 1 p.m. May 7 at the First Presbyterian Church. This event combines the Yates Turkey Walk, which was previously held in November and the CROP Walk, typically held in May.

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE: The First Presbyterian Church will hold an Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. April 16 in Indian Pines Park.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: The village board will hold its annual organizational meeting at 5 p.m. April 3.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS: The village board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. April 18 regarding an addition to the village code to permit payment of utility bills by credit card.