Hoopes Park pond improvements move forward in Auburn | Policy

The Auburn City Council has officially accepted state funding for a project to improve Hoopes Park, including work on its iconic pond.

At a meeting Thursday, the council authorized a resolution to accept $150,000 from the New York State Dormitory Authority for a renovation project at the park, located on the east side of town at the intersection of South Herman Avenue and East Genesee Street. .

The council resolution said the park’s pond had not been dredged since 2014, adding that the pond wall had begun to crumble since 2019 and was still deteriorating in sections, much of it along its length. its west wall.

In June, the city applied to Senator John Mannion for financial assistance for park improvements, including dredging and pond rehabilitation. The city was later notified on July 13 that it was the recipient of a $150,000 Municipal and State Facilities Program grant from the dormitory authority, the resolution said.

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All city council members voted for the resolution Thursday night. Ahead of the vote, Director of Capital Projects Christina Selvek, who was acting as city manager while Jeff Dygert was on vacation, said “we’ve already met with local agencies to help us with this project, so this is starting the paperwork with the state agency at this point.”

Councilman Jimmy Giannettino noted that Mannion, who sponsored the funding, will no longer represent Auburn effective Jan. 1, 2023, due to the redistricting of the state legislature finalized earlier this year.

“In the short time he represented us, he was very responsive to us and I just want to thank him and his staff for providing this funding to the City of Auburn,” Giannettino said.

Auburn celebrated Hoopes Park’s 100th anniversary earlier this summer, with a special July 1 concert. The 15-acre park, established in 1922, takes its name from Edward Hoopes, whose family donated the land on the east side of Auburn to the city after his death. .

Managing Editor Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.

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