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10:32 PM Thursday May 27, 2010
Stony Kill Environmental Center will Stay Open…
I just received a phone call from Beacon’s 100th District Assemblyman Frank Skartados with the good news that he is confident that tonight the legislature is going to approve a bill to keep parks open including all of the programs at Stony Kill! He said “We made our voices heard, and they listened”. Assemblyman Skartados was referring to all of the state representatives and local governments like the Beacon City Council, who took an active role to protect this great resource. Yeah!

Park Opening:
The University Settlement Camp Park will be open to the public starting Saturday June 5th. There will be an opening celebration ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 11:00 AM at the Theater entrance. Signage will be posted to help direct parking. The camp is located on route 9D in the southern portion of the city past the Scenic Hudson Gateway to Mt. Beacon Park. The large field and pathway to the theater will be open to the public from dawn to dusk. For public safety the remaining property is off limits until storm related tree hazards are removed.

The park was purchased by the State in December 2007 and is managed by the City of Beacon. The University Settlement Camp property is a 60 acre park that includes a large open field with excellent views of Mt. Beacon, a splendid theater that is available for rent through the recreation department, a dugout amphitheater, an indoor full size basketball court gymnasium, showers, a 12 bunk infirmary, camp office space, bungalows, outdoor pavilions, a pool, a four season residential caretaker’s house, a commercial kitchen, cafeteria and a historic two story building referred to as the White House which is the headquarters of the Hudson River Clearwater.

Fireworks Fund:
Beacon Fireworks will take place Saturday July 3rd at the Memorial Park. The 2010 fireworks donation drive is in full swing. Please help us to reach our goal. Add your name, or your business, to the donation list to be published in the Free Press and the city’s website. Please make your check out to “The City of Beacon” and write in the memo section “Fireworks Fund”. If you have any questions feel free to call 838-5010. Let’s make this year a fireworks extravaganza!

Thank you,
Steve Gold

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Comment by Steve Gold on May 28, 2010 at 12:34pm
Thanks Henry...yes we will.
Comment by Henry on May 28, 2010 at 12:09pm
Steve...hopefully the pool, while not being used, continues to be maintained so that it does not fall into disrepair.
Comment by Steve Gold on May 28, 2010 at 11:03am
The council did not budget money this year for the pool to open. There were several in-depth discussions that closely analyzed the cost and revenues. If I remember correctly it was determined that the net cost would be around 25,000 so after much debate the decision was made. The only programs the city budgeted for 2010 were those that were self sustaining. We hope to open it next year. There has been a noble effort by Mark Seegler to operate the pool for the city at-no-cost, but we are hamstrung with insurance issues. That option is still being explored by our insurance company and our attorney.
Comment by Ben Royce on May 28, 2010 at 10:56am
great news all around ;-)
Comment by Henry on May 28, 2010 at 10:09am
I am also interested in the pool
Comment by Dan Rigney on May 28, 2010 at 9:42am
What is the status of the Settlement pool this year?
Comment by Justin Riccobono on May 28, 2010 at 9:05am
Thank you Steve for the update. I do believe the State Legislature is robbing the EPF (environmental protection fund) in order to keep parks open which can become an issue with our environmental protection needs. This is good news that the park is saved for now, but in the long run this may compromise the EPF and we may have a bigger problem in the future.
Comment by Anne Lynch on May 27, 2010 at 11:16pm
Thanks Steve-- I love the fireworks I will give what I can!

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