Queensbury Parks are getting new trails and creating activities

QUEENSBURY, NY (NEWS10) – Queensbury is a big city, encompassing a mass of space stretching around Glens Falls at the south end and Lake George to the north. Part of using this space means maintaining various places for families to play sports, swim, run, etc. It also means that there is always work to be done.

On Monday night, the City of Queensbury approved the Park’s 2022 Capital Project Plan. The City’s Recreation Commission submits a plan each year, highlighting renovations and new ideas on how to bring more to the community of Queensbury.

This year, the sum total of those projects is a $478,000 plan, encompassing six of 11 parks and trails (over 1,000 acres) managed by the Queensbury Parks and Recreation Department. The biggest target is the Gurney Lane recreation area at the north end of Queensbury near the Lake George Outlet shopping centre. The park is over 150 acres including a swimming pool, bike park, basketball court, playground, and trail system. This is all great in the summer, but Queensbury wants to add to what families can do there, whatever the time of year.

This year, Parks and Recreation Director Steven Lovering proposed a 2,400 square foot program building in the park. The building would provide a new home for a long list of youth and adult fitness classes, youth mat wrestling, preschool and other programs. Designing park spaces to benefit all seasons has only grown in importance over time.

“Over the past 5 years, it has been important to look for ways to expand our offerings so that we can control the flexibility of when programs are offered,” Lovering said. “This program will allow us to develop new programming during school hours for preschool and adult populations.

That’s not all that will be new to Gurney Lane. The fishing docks and pool floor are about to be upgraded, and the park’s trail system is still in need of maintenance and repairs.

A total of $355,000 is going to the Gurney Lane Recreation Area. Nearby, new mountain bike trails are coming to Rush Pond Trail, which has been rated one of New York’s best trails for the past three years, according to Lovering.

Also in Queensbury’s First Ward, Jenkinsville Athletic Field is resurfacing with its pickleball and basketball courts. The popular Hovey Pond Park is undergoing an upgrade to its public garden, along with water quality improvements to treat the pond for invasive species. The Glen Lake boat launch is being upgraded and Hudson River Park, under the Northway near Glens Falls, will see revamped pickleball courts.

There is no specific timetable yet for the construction of the Gurney Lane building. First, Queensbury Parks and Recreation needs to go through engineering and design and then start the tendering process for construction. Lovering said he expects quieter work in the summer, when the area sees its greatest use, followed by a potential increase in construction in September.

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