OSWEGO – Local municipalities this month received state funding to partially fund 19 projects across the region.
Governor Kathy Hochul last week announced the funding, totaling approximately $ 196 million, in addition to the $ 525 million in resources already made available by state agencies this year. With this funding, 488 projects statewide will be partially or fully funded, according to the governor’s office.
A total of $ 5,002,470 is allocated to 19 projects in Oswego County.
“The economic toll from the pandemic has been felt in all corners of the state, which is why we must ensure that our equitable economic recovery does the same,” Hochul said in a statement. “This new round of funding, anchored in a bottom-up approach that partners with local leaders and utilizes unique regional strengths, will be another important tool as we work to transform New York State communities into places where people will want to live, work and visit for generations to come.
The three projects of the city of Oswego concern the improvement or creation of new public spaces. Projects include replacing the Breitbeck Park playground, equipping the O&W pedestrian bridge with new lights, and completing the second phase of the Oswego River public launch project.
It is important to note that while the city received funding for its two projects (Breitbeck Park and the Pedestrian Bridge), the funding for the boat launch went to the County Chiefs as it is about a county project located in the town of Oswego, according to county documents.
When complete, the boat launch will transform an almost eight-acre parcel along National Highway 481 on the outskirts of the town of Oswego at 380-404 E. River Road, across from St. Peter at the former Oswego County Jail site, in a state-of-the-art small boat launching ramp.
The funds will help build an American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant trail, build shore strength and build a boat launch for paddlers between Locks O-5 and O-6, according to the report. county documents.
County leaders expect the project to be completed in early 2023.
Money provided to the City of Oswego through the New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative will partially cover expenses for the two municipal projects, including $ 412,267 to replace the playground and $ 145,771 to light the pedestrian bridge, Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow said. earlier this month.
The total cost of the new playground is projected to be approximately $ 550,000, which will require the city to pay approximately $ 140,000 to make up the difference. The O&W Pedestrian Bridge lighting project is expected to cost approximately $ 290,000 and will require the city to spend approximately $ 145,000.
The uncovered costs are expected to come from the city’s general fund budgeted for 2022, the mayor said earlier this month.
“I am delighted to finally be able to replace the old and dangerous Breitbeck Park playground with a playground that will add to our recent plans and provide a fun and unique experience for our young people,” Barlow said previously. “I’m also happy to be able to secure funding to light up the pedestrian bridge which we can associate with our special events and use to encourage walking and outdoor activities, while further beautifying our community.”
The new playground, designed by Ithaca-based Parkitects, will add a nautical-themed playground to the park and complement other developments around the playground in recent years, Barlow said earlier this month.
Other Breitbeck Park investments include the water park wading pool, Garrett Dunsmoor Memorial basketball courts, scenic seating areas, new fire decks, and improvements to the Oswego Harbor Trail.
The bridge lighting project will add lighting below the bridge to create a “light up” design to achieve “uniform and consistent lighting,” said Barlow.
“This project will be really cool as we will be able to incorporate the lighting into our downtown events with fireworks and I think it will bring a noticeable energy and vibe to the downtown area,” the mayor said previously. .