Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (D-C Utica/Rome) announced that she secured $2 million in funding for Val Bialas Recreation Center in Utica. These funds will support a new chair lift to be used year-round and to enhance winter family fun, such as snow tubing, sledding, skiing, lifts and expert instruction, that will be provided to the Utica community.
“The Val Bialas Ski Center is a staple in our community that attracts tourists, fuels economic development and allows residents to connect to the outdoors and each other,” said Buttenschon. “With Speaker Heastie’s support, we’re enhancing our year-round activities and bolstering Utica’s appeal as a travel destination. This investment continues fueling economic growth and helps ensure the center remains a treasured space where families, friends and visitors can come together to create memories."
The Recreation Center is named in honor of Valentine Bialas, a speed skater from Utica who competed in the 1924 Winter Olympics. The center is located within Roscoe Conkling Park and includes a 400-foot hill. It also offers a terrain park with jumps, boxes, rails and other features.
“The enhancements to the recreation center will continue to help our community thrive,” said Buttenschon. “By investing in the center, we offer new experiences and services for our residents, fostering an environment where they can flourish. I thank Speaker Heastie for his continued support to help us build a stronger community.”