MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The downtown revitalization project, which includes, among other things, the creation of Swan Cove Park and a municipal parking lot, is about to enter its next phase, which will include input and feedback from community members.
At the Town Board’s May 19 meeting, Supervisor Ken Schmitt announced that Insite Engineering, the consulting firm hired by the town to assist in the project, has developed three different concepts. Those concepts will be shown to residents, business owners and other stakeholders at two upcoming public meetings in which feedback will be sought.
Besides the park and the parking lot, the revitalization project includes the expansion of the sidewalk in front of the businesses on Route 6N, new lighting, curbs and crosswalks. It will also eliminate the diagonal parking scheme and replace it with end-to-end parking.
The Swan Cove Park will feature a bridge connecting it to neighboring Chamber Park, a dock, a non-motorized boat launch, a boardwalk and a small building containing bathrooms, storage and a Parks & Rec satellite office.
“Insite Engineering has presented three concept alternatives,” Schmitt said. “Our in-house staff has been reviewing them. We have met three times and given our input and feedback on what we feel are amenities and elements that should be included. We discussed parking and how many spaces we want, including handicapped parking. We have made a lot of progress and we think that the in-house staff wants to see [what the public thinks]. Now, we are ready to roll this out to the public for a public workshop.”
Schmitt said the workshop dates have not yet been set, but he expects the first one to be held sometime in the next two or three weeks.
“The feedback from the public—the users of the park—along with the business owners, is critical,” Schmitt said. “We need to hear from them. It doesn’t do us any good if we don’t hear their thoughts. These workshops are very critical to these projects. If we don’t hear from you, it means you don’t have any feedback and don’t want to be included in the process. We want the people on Mahopac Point to be included because the parks are very close to their homes.
“There is a lot that goes into this and we want to keep this moving,” he added. “It’s not what I want, it is what the public wants.”
Schmitt said even though the park isn’t ready yet, he’s noticed some people are already using it.
“Driving by, I see people are already using it,” he said. “Launching kayaks there, fishing there—which is great because that is why we purchased it.”