Scaled-down parks plan passes county committee

NORWICH – The Friends of the Parks, a volunteer group that is suggesting improvements for East and West Parks in downtown Norwich, received a preliminary go ahead in committee this week.

A majority of the members of the Chenango County Agricultural, Buildings & Grounds Committee stamped their approval of the scaled back, $400,000 project’s design components. The proposal goes before the full Board of Supervisors for a vote in December.

In the making since 2002, the planning process was funded through a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts and was secured by the Norwich Business Improvement District and the Chenango County Planning Department. Since then, various groups and organizations throughout Chenango County were consulted for input.

The volunteers originally estimated a $1 million price tag for the project - which included restroom facilities that are no longer included - attached to a permanent stage in East Park.

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