Schimminger/Rath Announce State Budget Grants for Town Recreation Facilities

April 5, 2007

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and Senator Mary Lou Rath announced today that the state budget that has just been enacted includes $95,000 for Town of Tonawanda recreation programs. The lawmakers secured the state funding in response to requests for assistance from town officials in securing funding for the projects.

The largest allotment, $50,000, will be used to replace the liner at the Lincoln Park wading pool, a popular draw for young town residents during the summer months. An additional $25,000 will help the Town of Tonawanda meet the local share requirement for a $150,000 state grant the town was earlier awarded to convert the deteriorating wading pool in the Sheridan Parkside neighborhood into a water playground facility.

The remaining $20,000 will be used for a portable basketball bankshot system the town recreation department plans to use for its challenger programming (activities for the disabled) and as an attraction at various community events.

The legislators said, “We are pleased to be able to respond to the Town of Tonawanda’s request for help in providing safe, constructive recreational opportunities for the town’s young residents with these appropriations in the 2007-08 state budget.”