Golly — what have they done over at the pavilion? Did you see the mess?
Yup — it’s a mess for right now. But come May and June, it will start improving.
Last summer the town of Johnsburg decided to act on the New York State Parks and Recreation grant and encouraged us to get as much done as we could while the weather held. So, in September, after the summer activities died down, we started in.
We put in a climbing boulder for the older kids in the playground and refurbished the wood fiber surface of the play area. After a curb is constructed, the remaining wood chips still be smoothed out and distributed more evenly. By the big cedars, a fence around the hydrant and electric box will be built. We also put in walkways to the pavilion and the newly named Joe Minder Lodge (ski hut). Parallel to the buildings and road, we are developing planting beds for shrubs. Another walkway will run parallel to the bed, so when you get out of your car, you have a path to walk on. There are piles of dirt in the middle of everywhere right now, but eventually it will be used or distributed and grass re-established.
Please say thank you to the people who have helped make “the mess”: Bob Nessle, Paul LoGuercio, Lee Keeler, Lou Falzerano, Joe Connelly, Bob Manning and Kelly Nessle. They have worked many volunteer hours — all of which can be used as a contribution against the matching grant the town received back in 2007.
Jim and Carol Dwyer donated several hundred cubic yards of top soil to the landscaping project. Dan Hitchcock and his highway department employees trucked the dirt from Wevertown to Ski Bowl Park. Rob Wing, owner of Volt Landscaping in Queensbury loaned his landscape design assistant to help plan the landscaping and offered to purchase shrubs at his cost.
We would encourage anyone who wants to be a part of the work, to give us a shout by calling 251-3739. On June 8, shrubs will be planted. Helping hands will make a huge job go quickly — and all you need is a shovel, gloves, and a few Saturday morning hours.
This summer we will not only be finishing up the landscaping project, but Steve Ovitt will be constructing the hiking/biking/ski trails he designed last fall. Signs and dog stations for the park, donated by the Rivendell Foundation, will be established. The pond will get some attention as well. The Friends of the Parks received a $10,000 grant from The Charles R. Wood Foundation to help control the weeds and to aerate the pond which will help promote a balanced, healthy pond to maintain water clarity. We hope with these measures that swimming can be an activity in the park again.
All of these projects could use helping hands and support.