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County Awards $486,000 for Accessibility Improvements at Local Parks through Community Development Block Grant Program
Awards part of County’s $1.5 million in total CDBG and HOME awards in 2019

Published: 4/4/2019

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus, (845) 486-2000

Poughkeepsie, NY … Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced grant awards totaling $486,000 to be awarded through Dutchess County’s 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. This round of project awards will improve accessibility at several parks throughout Dutchess County. These municipal awards are part of almost $1.5 million in funding awarded in 2019 through the CDBG and HOME Investment Partnership programs to improve accessibility, expand affordable housing options and address critical public service needs. Additional awards will be announced over the next several weeks.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Through these Community Development Block Grants, Dutchess County will improve accessibility at several municipal parks, expanding recreational opportunities for every resident of every ability. Dutchess County continues to ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY’ about individuals with disabilities, and these grants will provide every resident of every ability, a real opportunity to better enjoy these great community resources.”

CDBG Municipal Parks Projects, total funding:

Town of Wappinger
Spook Hill Park ADA Improvements - $100,000
Create accessible parking and upgrade an existing bathroom to meet ADA standards. Bathroom improvements will include accessible entryways, toilets stalls, sinks and fixtures.

Town of Wappinger Supervisor Dr. Richard L. Thurston said, “This grant funding will enable the Town to turn Spook Hill Park into an innovative, universally accessible park for our physically and mentally disadvantaged residents, providing a great outlet for them to enjoy an outdoor physical fitness experience. We thank County Executive Molinaro and Dutchess County for this CDBG award, which will allow our residents with specialized needs to enjoy our park.”

Town of Washington  
Town Park ADA Bathhouse Improvements - $100,000
Accessibility improvements to an existing bathhouse at the town park on Route 44, including widened door openings, accessible showers, toilet stalls and sinks, and fixture upgrades, including grab bars, mirrors and lighting, as well ADA parking signage.

Town of East Fishkill  
Red Wing Park Bathhouse ADA Improvements - $88,129
Accessibility improvements to an existing bathhouse at Red Wing Park, including widened door openings, roll-in showers, accessible toilet stalls and sinks, and fixture upgrades including grab bars, mirrors and lighting.

Town of Red Hook 
Town Park ADA Improvements - $98,000
Accessibility improvements at the town recreation center on Linden Avenue, including restructuring of parking area, entry gates, fencing, pathways, and pavilion.

Village of Wappingers Falls  
Bain Park Playground - $100,000
Install an accessible playground with a safety surface in a new park on Lower Henry Street in a low- and moderate-income neighborhood.  

Additional awards to improve handicapped accessibility at local parks, affordable housing projects, as well as various public service projects, will be announced in the coming weeks as part of the CDBG and HOME Investment Partnership programs.

CDBG Municipal applications are accepted annually by the Department of Planning and Development and are reviewed by the Community Development Advisory Committee, with recommendations forwarded to the County Executive for final approval. Applications for 2020 CDBG funds will be released in August 2019.