Liberty Grove residents want action on Mariners Park

Liberty Grove resident Steve Eatough believes more progress should have been made to make the proposed Mariner’s Park in Gills Rock a reality. Eatough along with fellow resident Mike Bahrke presented a plan for the property over a year ago which he says included the top five things residents wanted from the park. Those ideas included a tribute to the area’s fishing history, a pavilion, silent sports access, and green space. Outside of that presentation, Eatough feels the project has never been seriously considered.  The town has since developed an ad hoc committee which has met since January to develop a plan moving forward. Eatough says nothing has been accomplished since that committee has been formed, let alone in the close to two years the town has owned the property since it was purchased for $1.5 million in 2018.

He would like to see the ad hoc committee at least consider the plan he presented along with Bahrke and move on from there.

Liberty Grove chairperson John Lowry told last week that the pandemic and adding shoreline protection measures have eaten up large portions of the town’s budget that could have been used for developing the site. The Liberty Grove Town Board will discuss bids for shoreline protection for Mariners Park and appoint new members to the ad hoc committee when it meets on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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