Rouses Point kids score new playground

Champlain Children's Learning Center kids scamper to explore the thrills of the new playground at its grand opening and dedication in the Village of Rouses Point.

ROUSES POINT — Champlain Children's Learning Center infants and pre-school children did a test run of the new Village of Rouses Point Playground at a grand opening and dedication Friday.

“We've been working on this for about maybe six months or more, maybe a little longer than that,” Rouses Point Mayor Tom Batha said.

“This is the first thing you can actually see as a result of those efforts. This is the tip of the iceberg for the renovation of the entire outdoor rec facility fields. It's going to be followed up by tennis courts reconstruction, fences around the new pickle ball courts, the soccer field will be regraded and leveled, and a bunch of other things, too, that we're going to have done here.”

'BE ROLLING SOON'

The upgrades are part of a $213,000 grant the village received from the Regional Economic Development Council Consolidated Funding Application process through the Environmental Protection Fund, which is administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The project was also assisted by in-kind services provided by the village.

“We've been working real hard on this, and we're real happy with the way it's going so far,” Batha said.

“We hope to have it all done by mid-October. Hopefully, everything will be rolling pretty soon here. The kids really enjoy it, and the parents are pretty receptive also.”

'THIS IS GOOD STUFF'

New York Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) was present to give a brief speech.

“This is great work they are doing here,” Jones said.

“I commend the village, the administrator (Donna Boumill) and the mayor for what you are doing. This is good stuff. There's nothing greater you can do for a community than provide families and children a place to recreate. What they're doing here with the pickle-ball courts... Inside, the mayor was just telling me the work that they are doing there, the tennis courts, and reconstructing the fields as well. When you can do tangible stuff for community members, their families, their children, it really says a lot about the village's commitment to actually invest in the community.”

'FOCUS ON OUR YOUTH'

The dedication concluded with remarks from Steve Peters, owner of Elevate 518, a fund and project development company.

“This project really couldn't happen without the vision and the fiscal management from the mayor and the board of trustees in the village,” Peters said.

“This is a very physical, very obvious example of what happens in a community with sound fiscal management and a focus on our youth and our future and on recreation. This community as the corner of New York state has a very proud history and also a lot of dedicated people that are here to be able to manage these type of resources throughout the village.

“So, it's a natural connection to bring in this type of thing. It was an easy investment for that to happen, and so when you see the smiles on children's faces it really says it all.”

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