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Mount Kisco clearing the field for new park
A legal path has been cleared for the construction of a new municipal park in Mount Kisco, at least when it comes to the county signing off on the project.
The new park would be about 6 acres and take up roughly half of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester’s Main Street location. Mount Kisco wants to buy the parcel from the nonprofit organization for $600,000, said Brian Skanes, the group’s executive director, and he is all for it.
It’s one of the last open green spaces in Mount Kisco, which has no recreational turf field, Skanes said.
“Our field is a rough field,” he said. “Just improvement of the draining and grading will be more than we can do.”
But if local officials take over the task of building parks, it would be a win-win and “we will share in it once it’s complete,” he said, adding that the Boys & Girls clubs serve 2,000 kids every year from more than 60 northern Westchester County communities.
To make the land available for sale, Skanes and the nonprofit’s attorney Joseph Carlucci appeared Thursday morning before the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency.
Even though Boys & Girls Club owns its property, in 1988, the Industrial Development Agency had helped the group issue a $7 million bond to help improve what has now become an operation featuring a 36,000-square-foot complex with an eight-lane pool, child care center, gymnasium, game rooms, computer labs, plus a 1,600-square-foot Teen Center, playing fields, two playgrounds, nature trails and gardens.
Because the park project would have no impact on the bond repayments, the Industrial Development Agency board gave its nod to the project.
There has been no word yet on when Mount Kisco officials might want to proceed with an offer; inquiries by Newsday to the town and village hall were not returned.
Meanwhile, Skanes said he’s looking forward to some movement on the greening of some new fields, especially since his group celebrates its 75th anniversary next year.
“We’re excited about partnering with the village to improve the field and preserve green space so that we can serve children for the next 75 years,” he said.