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  • Bleachers being removed from Veterans Memorial Park

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  • LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Department of Public Works has started to remove some of the bleachers at Veterans Memorial Park, according to Mayor Robert Peters.
    “We’re absolutely moving in the right direction,” he said during a telephone interview Monday afternoon.
    Peters said the DPW started removing the bleachers near the Ted Schoff Dugout at the park, along the first baseline, within the past week. He said this decision came after Pop Warner officials couldn’t round up enough people to do the removal on their own.
    Peters said he hopes to have something in place by April, in time for baseball games that will be played on the field.
    “If we can’t make a connection, then the Little Falls City School District has offered to donate its portable ones. It has seating for 400 people,” he said.
    Peters said the bleachers were taken down while they had an opportunity to do so. He said he will talk with the school district about putting new bleachers at the field.
    Peters said the other bleachers that need to be removed will have to wait for now.
    In October, the bleachers along the first baseline were closed off after insurance representatives for the Little Falls City School District said they didn’t meet state regulations.
    Peters said they also want to make improvements to the lighting at the field, which is over 40 years old. He said in October the lights are “key” right now, since the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs play their night games at the field over the summer.
    Peters said they have met with Avalon Associates, of Glens Falls, to see what sort of grants maybe available for the park.
    According to the city’s website, the Veterans Memorial Park complex consists of “a baseball field, a lighted softball field, a modified field for youth, a Little League field, two basketball courts and four tennis courts. The complex is open to the public May through November, weather permitting. Seasonal night lighting is provided.”