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Rensselaer Falls Plans New Pickleball Court and Playground

Rensselaer Falls Plans New Pickleball Court: Excitement is building in Rensselaer Falls as the village prepares to begin significant upgrades to its recreational facilities, including a new pickleball court and playground.

Mayor Michael Hammond expressed the village’s enthusiasm for the upcoming project, highlighting its potential to enhance recreational opportunities for residents of all ages. Groundbreaking activities, lined up to commence on Monday, June 17, will be initiated by the Town of Canton Highway Department, which will begin by digging sod and laying a sub-base.

“Our village is buzzing with anticipation as we prepare to break ground on significant recreational upgrades.” – (Michael Hammond, the Mayor)

Collaborative Efforts

A key milestone in advancing the project was the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Town of Canton and the Village of Rensselaer Falls, endorsed during the Canton Town Board’s recent monthly meeting. The town’s involvement is valued at $3,779.15, covering essential preparatory work.

“This project is a testament to the power of community collaboration. Over a decade ago, a group of dedicated volunteers came together to install modern playground equipment for our youth. That initial effort has blossomed into our annual Falls Festival and Playground committee. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, this group has successfully fundraised over the past several years, enabling us to now add new playground equipment, a basketball court, and a pickleball court.” – (Mayor)

Location and Scope

The new pickleball court and playground will be situated on State Street, adjacent to the Falls Market & Deli. Grasse River Paving is scheduled to pave the area during the week of June 24, marking a crucial phase in bringing the project to completion.

Community Spirit and History

Mayor Hammond reflected on the community’s rich history of volunteerism and collaboration, indicating the grassroots efforts that initially brought modern playground equipment to the village over a decade ago. This initiative has since evolved into the annual Falls Festival and Playground Committee, which has successfully fundraised regardless of the challenges posed by COVID-19.

“The synergy between the village government and the Festival/Playground Committee is driving positive change in our little village.” – (Hammond)

Future Plans & Community Impact

In addition to the playground and pickleball court, plans are in-motion to relocate a basketball court from Main Street to the new site. This relocation, part of broader developmental efforts, aligns with the village’s receipt of a grant through the State Department’s Local Government Efficiency Program. The grant will facilitate expansions at the library and village office, including the creation of a new community center.

“This move is part of a larger, exciting development. The village has been awarded a grant through the State Department’s Local Government Efficiency Program.This grant will allow us to expand our library and village office space to include a new community center. By moving the basketball court, we’re not only creating a safer play environment away from the main road but also enhancing accessibility at both the library and playground sites, making these spaces handicap accessible and more modern.” – (Mayor Michael Hammond)

Rensselaer Falls Plans New Pickleball Court

Mayor Hammond expressed gratitude to volunteers and sponsors for their determined support, reflecting the alliance between village governance and community-driven initiatives. He showed the project as a witness to what can be achieved through collective effort and shared vision.

“As we look forward to these improvements, I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone involved in bringing this project to fruition. It’s a shining example of what we can achieve when we work together for the betterment of our community.” – (Mayor)

As the village of Rensselaer Falls looks ahead to these transformative improvements, Mayor Hammond expressed optimism about the positive impact on community life, highlighting the project’s role in promoting a lively and inclusive environment for all residents.

News in Brief: Rensselaer Falls Plans New Pickleball Court

Excitement is brewing in Rensselaer Falls as plans begin for new recreational upgrades, including a pickleball court and playground. Mayor Michael Hammond eagerly anticipates the project’s commencement on June 17, led by the Town of Canton Highway Department, starting with foundational work.

Key to advancing the project was the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between Canton and Rensselaer Falls, securing $3,779.15 for initial preparations. Located on State Street near Falls Market & Deli, the site will see paving by Grasse River Paving starting June 24. Mayor Hammond thanked volunteers and sponsors for their crucial support, highlighting the project’s collaborative nature and its promising impact on community life in Rensselaer Falls.

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