While construction on the Troy Kiwanis Park playground is currently paused for the winter, the project is still moving forward in other ways. The park has received funding for its Phase 2 – it was recently awarded $250,000 from a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grant, with another $62,500 kicked in from Toyota Bodine, which will all help pay for an accessible asphalt trail that will wind around the perimeter of the park property with fitness/exercise stations placed along it. 

The trail will be eight feet wide, to accommodate bikes, strollers, wheelchairs, walkers and other methods of locomotion. 

“We plan on keeping the property as natural as possible, but everything will be as accessible as possible as well,” said Community Opportunities Executive Director Mary Sullivan-Thomas.

For that DNR grant, Sullivan-Thomas said out of 38 applications, there were six projects (including the Kiwanis Park Phase 2) that were selected to receive funds. 

“That’s how competitive it was,” Sullivan-Thomas said. Construction on the playground portion of the park, which was designed to be made of all-inclusive, accessible equipment, began in the fall, but has halted temporarily due to the onset of the winter. 

“We’re hoping to install the playground of course next spring,” Sullivan-Thomas said. “And then we’ll be able to continue with the recreational trail.” 

Construction for the trail hopefully would begin in springtime as well, as the engineering plans are being worked on right now.

The park-planners – which include Community Opportunities, the Troy Kiwanis and the City of Troy – are still working on securing funding for other amenities, like a splash pad. 

Recently the Troy Convention and Visitor’s Bureau awarded $15,000 to pay for the inclusion of a disc golf course.

“I was hoping for 18 [holes], but the more research I’m doing, I wonder if I can fit them all in there,” Sullivan-Thomas said. “So it will be at least nine, but I’d like to do 18 depending on how it lays out.” 

If the Rotary Club is able to get funding for the splash pad, Sullivan-Thomas said that would mean all the facets of the park would have funding. With everything put together, Sullivan-Thomas said the park will have something for all ages, as well as something for people of all abilities. 

“The trail will definitely be accessible because it’s going to be paved, so if you use a wheelchair or a walker or whatever, you’ll be able to utilize the trail and then the fitness stations along the way,” Sullivan-Thomas said. 

“So I guess if you wanted to look at it, it would be multi-generational because you’d have young kids playing on the playground, and then you’d assume older children and adults [are] utilizing the trail.”

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