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Pittsford residents OK $6M for athletic fields

Pittsford residents voted to approve $6 million in bond financing for the town’s Community Athletic Fields Improvement project during a referendum held Tuesday. The  bond funding will finance the major portion of the estimated $6.3 million cost of improvements to the athletic fields and facilities, playgrounds and other related facilities located at the town’s Hopkins Park, Great Embankment Park and Thornell Farm Park, and the construction of new athletic fields at its Willard Road property.

“Our principal goal was to learn whether the community supports this project” Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith said in a release. “This is a project of merit and a town-wide investment in our youth. The proposed improvements are long overdue and we can now proceed with confidence.”

The town will now move forward with final design and will prepare bid specifications for contractors.  Bid specifications will likely be finalized this winter; contractors are expected to be selected by spring.

The project involves only town-owned athletic fields in town parks; however, it is part of a collaborative effort between the Town of Pittsford and the Pittsford Central School District to resolve long-time issues surrounding athletic field conditions, availability and maintenance on a community-wide basis.

The resulting cost of the $6 million bond financing to the average home assessed at $272,500 would not exceed $47 per year for 15 years, according to a release from the town of Pittsford.

Detailed project information, including the documents listed below, can be found on the town’s website at