Development at Wampus Brook Parks
Updated July 9, 2014
The construction accident in Wampus Brook Park North on June 25 at the gazebo is under investigation by the insurance companies of the Town and the hired contractor, Prime Building Services. The insurance companies will determine the liability of the collapse of the gazebo roof. Would the gazebo have crashed without the attempted renovation? Perhaps not, but the most important point is that no one was hurt.
After the accident, a study was done by Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe working conditions. The results of this report are still pending. The demolition of the fallen gazebo is complete and the Town's insurance company will pay for the entire cost to replace the fallen gazebo, says Town Administrator Joan Goldberg. A committee has been formed to work out the reconstruction details from the original plans dating back to 1967.
The scheduled summer concerts in the Wampus Brook Park will start as planned on July 12 from a temporary "showmobile" that is also being paid for by the Town’s insurance company.
The North Castle recreation fund supports development of new parks in Town. Currently the fund’s balance is $387,800. In February 2014, the Town Board, along with the Recreation Advisory Board, presented plans to create a park at Wampus Brook South located between Bedford Road and Route 22.
At their June 11 meeting, the Town Board moved forward on plans for a new park on the one-acre lot when they approved $12,500 of expenditure toward services from Kellard Sessions Consulting to cover phase one of plans for the Wampus Brook South Park. Phase one includes drawing the plans, a survey, formulating a construction budget, reviewing all the local, county, state and federal requirements, preparing the bidding documents, and finalizing what has to be done to develop Wampus Brook Park South.
The preliminary plans include a pavilion, parking, stream bank restoration, interior walking trails and landscaping. Recreation Supervisor Matt Trainor says they will try to develop Wampus Brook South following the public’s input from a February 2014 presentation when the Recreation Advisory Board displayed several options for the development of the park. The Advisory Board has chosen a site plan with two possibilities for parking: one plan has parking that borders Bedford Road and the other offers parking adjacent to Elide Plaza. This phase of the project will determine the park’s overall costs, added Trainor.
“The sooner we get the park going, the better off we are,” says Town Board member Steve D’Angelo who is the liaison between the Town Board and North Castle’s Recreation Advisory Board.