The Village Board and the Herkimer Area Resource Center have moved forward in its efforts to create a new park that would accommodate those with and without disabilities.
The Village Board approved a memorandum of agreement from the HARC during its regular board meeting earlier this month.
“It’s basically agreeing for the HARC to come into the park and use it,” said Village Trustee Bill Markey during a telephone interview on Monday. “It’s a joint venture between HARC and the village to create a bigger, and more usable park.”
The park would be located between the HARC Business Park at 420 E. German St., and Basloe field and pool on Harter Street. Markey said one thing that the park would feature if it comes to fruition is a bocce playing area.
“It’s very good. It shows that two non-profit ogranizations can work in cooperation, with the village joining forces to make a usable park for everybody,” said Markey.
HARC obtained $12,000 in funding from a 50-50 matching grant from Herkimer County HealthNet to spend on a preliminary site design for the project. The preliminary site design was projected to be completed in October 2011.
HARC acquired the 122-year-old building in 2009 and started with repairs in 2010. One of the wings of the 120,000 square-foot building is being utilized for industrial operations and another wing is being used for commercial real estate opportunities. The Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce recenly moved their offices to the building.