YORK, N.Y., Oct. 20, 2023 — The Town of York is home to an updated community playground made possible in-part thanks to American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds administered by Livingston County.
The County received these ARPA funds as a result of the pandemic when Congress created a federal bill to support projects that provide for economic resiliency and enhance communities negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year in January, the County’s Board of Supervisors authorized a portion of the County’s ARPA funds to be distributed equally among its 17 towns to support the creation of or improvement to parks, trails or other forms of outdoor recreation, and/or tourism efforts.
Located in the Hamlet of Piffard at 3729 East Road, York’s newly renovated playground now features a climbing unit and wood swing set, including an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant swing. ARPA funds also helped purchase and install playground fabric and wood playground mulch throughout for increased child safety and comfort, said York Town Supervisor Gerald Deming.
“This site previously had older swings and a very outdated slide. Now we have a starting point to build from for future items. We hope to add more over the next few years in order for children of all ages to make memories and enjoy the park,” explained Deming. “We are currently discussing plans for installing a new pavilion in the near future and we look forward to providing more recreational opportunities for our residents.”
County Board Chair David LeFeber stated, “The updated public playground and park in Piffard is a testament to the positive impact of ARPA funds on our local communities. Investing in parks, trails and other outdoor recreation, fosters a broader sense of community, promotes physical activity, and enhances the overall quality of life for those in our community.”
Visit the “County News” section of the County’s website to see how other local towns have used ARPA funding for their own green space initiatives, including West Sparta’s new community playground and park.
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Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.