Officials devise plan to lure campers to Cook Park

GREENE – Although Cook Park in Greene may be far from turning a profit, some Chenango County officials are taking steps they say could help stop the financial bleeding.

Park administrators are working closely with members of the county’s committee on agriculture, building and grounds to map out a preliminary five-year fiscal plan for Cook Park that will ease the burden on county taxpayers. The idea is to make small changes in the first year that will provide funds for bigger changes further down the road.

According to Smithville Supervisor Fred Heisler, the proposal is loosely based on “fuzzy math” but could ultimately lead to a more viable park.

“This is a moving parts budget,” Heisler told committee members during May’s monthly meeting. “What we are proposing is to find new ways of revenue and that you let us prove revenue each year before giving us any additional funding.”

Heisler said instead of investing in park improvements off the bat, it’s better that small steps be taken each year that earn a little more revenue. If changes can shorten the gap between expenses and revenue, then he said the park could become eligible for a larger budget the following year.

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