Spring cleaning in Floyd this year is about more than tidying up. It’s also about the start of town park improvements, tree planting and a new storage
structure to keep road salt and sand from washing and blowing away.
It’s all thanks to two state grants, work by town personnel, and residents’s volunteerism.
“It’s kind of along the line with adding to the quality of life in the community,” town Supervisor Willard Streiff Jr. said.
On Thursday, Streiff joined a town public works crew for planting some of the 118 trees going in throughout the park and along the walking and nature trail being developed adjacent to the park behind the Floyd fire department.
Other upgrades include a new pavilion in the park, playground equipment and a 20-station exercise fitness trail, along with garbage receptacles, benches and signs.
Funding comes from a state grant for parks of $99,237 through the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and an urban forestry grant of $29,470, both from the state Environmental Protection Fund.
The town is providing a 25 percent match in the form of labor. It also has had help from the Gen. William Floyd Horseshoe Club and Boy Scout Troop 56, Streiff said. The Tug Hill Commission also helped prepare the grant applications.
The trees are going in along the under-construction trail, which will be about a mile-and-a-half long and extend into the adjacent woods and have a series of exercise stations.
Also planned is a new pavilion sized for about 75 people. The existing main pavilion has room for about 150 and is frequently booked up, Streiff said.
The park project is expected to be complete in summer 2020, with trail upgrades as funding becomes available.
As for the sand and silt storage facility, bids are to be opened Wednesday. It is intended to reduce the environmental effects of runoff from the town’s current open stockpile and reduce amounts lost to rain and wind.
The town government is also urging Floyd residents to spruce-up their properties.
To help, the town will have its transfer station open on two Fridays: May 3 and 17, from 1 to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also, the first annual town curbside brush pick-up date of the year is May 15.