Schimminger/Rath Announce State Grants for Town of Tonawanda Recreation Projects

September 2, 2008

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and Senator Mary Lou Rath announced today that they have directed $59,000 in state funding to assist the Town of Tonawanda in moving forward with two recreation projects.

The largest grant, $34,000, will assist the town with developing a recreation master plan that will be tied to the existing overall Town of Tonawanda master plan. An engineering consultant will work with the public, the Town Board, and Youth, Parks and Recreation Department staff to review current facilities, forecast and identify future needs, and create a master plan for continuing to provide town residents with optimal recreational opportunities going forward.

An additional $25,000 grant will help the town with a more immediate goal – repainting the Brighton Arena recreational facility. The work on the exterior of the arena, which is used for soccer, hockey, and summer band concerts and picnics, is scheduled for next year.

Assemblyman Schimminger said, “Town of Tonawanda recreation facilities and programs contribute greatly to the quality of life in our community, offering opportunities to get involved in healthy activities to young and not-so-young alike. Adopting, with public input, a master plan for recreation is a smart strategy for making sure town resources are directed in a way that will maximize their impact, and I’m pleased that we were able to respond to the request from Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana, Town Councilman Daniel Crangle and other town officials for state assistance.”

“These grants will assist the Town of Tonawanda in its efforts to improve the recreational opportunities for residents,” said Senator Rath. “Recreational facilities are a vital part of a community, and it is important to keep them up-to-date and safe for people to enjoy.”

Town Supervisor Caruana said, “The Town of Tonawanda appreciates the efforts of Assemblyman Schimminger and Senator Rath to enable us to offer the finest quality facilities, services and programs for our residents. These grants will help us to find ways to continually enhance the recreational programs and facilities for all ages in our community.”

“The state grant for a Youth, Parks and Recreation master plan will help us review our current buildings and grounds, project the needs of our youth, families, and seniors into the future, and determine both savings from potential efficiencies and costs of proposed improvements. And the funds for Brighton Arena will enable us to maintain this facility at a savings for town taxpayers,” said Councilman Crangle, chairman of the Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee.