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Bertolini Clubhouse expansion part of overall vision for Memorial Parkway

Alexis Manore
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Posted 9/8/22

The Bertolini Clubhouse at Valley View Golf Course, 620 Memorial Parkway, will receive a $2 million facelift, which will include an approximately 6,000 square foot expansion along with other …

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Bertolini Clubhouse expansion part of overall vision for Memorial Parkway

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UTICA — The Bertolini Clubhouse at Valley View Golf Course, 620 Memorial Parkway, will receive a $2 million facelift, which will include an approximately 6,000 square foot expansion along with other renovations.  

Mayor Robert Palmieri announced the project Tuesday. He said that as COVID-19 lockdowns ended and businesses reopened, Valley View saw a surge in attendance and utilization of the golf course — and the city has a vested interest in ensuring this continues.   

The new amenities will include a new grill room and bar, more restrooms, spaces for golf simulators, new windows, an elevator to the main upper floor, more space at the main entrance and an outdoor patio area with a gas fireplace.   

Bids for the construction of the project will be accepted from Tuesday, Sept. 13, to Thursday, Oct. 6. The bid will be awarded Thursday, Oct. 13.    

The city will issue a request for proposals to find the best way to use and manage the expanded Bertolini Clubhouse, which will be issued in the coming weeks. The project is a part of the Utica Prosperity Initiative and is made possible through funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. 

Palmieri said he hopes for the project to be completed by fall of 2023.  

“I am extremely excited; I’m excited the fact that the partnerships I’ve had with everyone that’s here has been intimately involved in not only this project but all the projects, the vision that we have for our city, and to be thankful for Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for providing this funding that will give us sustainability forever,” Palmieri said.

“The city will never have to go back to where it was in 2011, close to bankruptcy. This will be self-sufficient; we’re putting money where people will be able to use it, to understand it and come back and enjoy our great, great, assets we have,” Palmieri added.   

He said that this project is a part of a larger initiative to make the Memorial Parkway into a destination for people of all ages. 

“Families, young people, seniors, they have the ability to be on the Parkway, to bring families to the Children’s Museum, they have the opportunity to to enjoy all the activities at the Parkway with the potential of skating, disc golf, the amphitheater, go to the zoo, go to NYPA, and then come over here for a round of golf, go to the splash pad, the dog park, the great skatepark we have, football, soccer, and then come right back here for some great eateries,” Palmieri said. “It’s a one-stop shop. That’s what we’re trying to do, we’re trying to build on destinations. The Parkway, the Memorial Parkway, will be a destination.” 

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