QUEST FOR FUND­ING

Kingston was turned down in one bid to get money for im­prove­ments to the park, but it is pur­su­ing other op­por­tu­ni­ties for grants

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby [email protected]­manon­line.com

Academy Green Park in Up­town missed out on fund­ing for a facelift. But Kingston Mayor Steve Noble says his ad­min­is­tra­tion will con­tinue to pur­sue fund­ing for the im­prove­ments, which were out­lined in the city’s Strate­gic In­vest­ment Plan.

The Strate­gic In­vest­ment Plan out­lines po­ten­tial projects that are ear­marked for $10 mil­lion in a state fund known as the Down­town Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Ini­tia­tive. The city pitched for Academy Green im­prove­ments but, in the end, the project was not funded.

Still, it does re­main a fo­cus of Noble’s ad­min­is­tra­tion. The mayor has said that the city will con­tinue to look for grants to get projects like the Academy Green one com­pleted.

“The project en­tails ac­cess im­prove­ments to Academy Green Park to en­hance fur­nish­ings and land­scape, in­cor­po­rate side­walk mprove­ments, and pro­vide wa­ter and elec­tri­cal im­prove­ments as well as help the park be­come bet­ter con­nected

to the neigh­bor­hood, more ac­ces­si­ble and more fre­quently used as an event space,” the Strate­gic In­vest­ment Plan says.

The city had re­quested $560,000 in DRI fund­ing, ac­cord­ing to the plan.

Academy Green is a 1.5-acre tri­an­gu­lar green space, wedged be­tween Al­bany and Clin­ton Av­enues and Maiden Lane, be­tween

the Up­town and Mid­town neigh­bor­hoods.

Ac­cord­ing to the city’s plan, the project was to be im­ple­mented in two phases. The first one fo­cuses on ac­cess.

“Phase 1 ac­tiv­i­ties will in­volve ac­cess im­prove­ments to Academy Green Park to bet­ter con­nect the Kingston com­mu­nity to the park and in­crease us­age of the space,” the plan says. “By im­ple­ment­ing these com­po­nents, it will also al­low for the City to in­crease pro­gram­ming for com­mu­nity events.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Strate­gic In­vest­ment Plan, the im­prove­ments in­clude:

• Re­design­ing side­walks and in­ter­sec­tions sur­round­ing Academy Green to “im­prove pedes­trian cir­cu­la­tion to and through the park.”

• Pro­vid­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tion for a mo­bile stage with a hy­drauli­cally op­er­ated roof sys­tem and 30-foot by 24-foot deck.

• Pro­vide elec­tri­cal and wa­ter im­prove­ments for “plug and play events as well as ad­di­tional land­scape light­ing, plant­ings

and plant­ing re­place­ment, and pro­to­cols for veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment/re­place­ment; de­vel­op­ment of a low-main­te­nance hor­ti­cul­ture plan.”

• Add seat­ing and vis­i­tor gath­er­ing space, par­tic­u­larly more site benches.

“Phase 2 po­ten­tial ad­di­tional im­prove­ments, would in­clude Mon­u­ment and statue restora­tion, the con­sid­er­a­tion of adding cul­tur­ally in­clu­sive in­stal­la­tions, and other walk­way up­grades and hard land­scap­ing treat­ment within the park it­self,” the plan says.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

Academy Green Park in Up­town Kingston, N.Y., is home to stat­ues de­pict­ing Henry Hud­son, left, Ge­orge Clin­ton, cen­ter, and Peter Stuyvesant, right.

DAILY FREE­MAN FILE PHOTO

The Academy Green Park foun­tain is seen in an un­dated photo.

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