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There still is time to comment on proposals that will become a blueprint for the future of Cheektowaga town parks.

A second follow-up meeting to sessions held last summer is scheduled at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in Maryvale Community Center, 4309 Genesee St.

Some of the suggestions offered during public meetings over the summer have been incorporated into the needs assessment, said Kenneth J. Kopacz, director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services.

"More and more, you see people interested in walking," he said, adding that paved walkways seem to be popular requests in town parks.

Wendel Duchscherer, an architectural and engineering firm, was hired to evaluate the 17 town parks and lay out the improvements needed in the 536-acre park system.

When the final report is finished, it will be given to the Town Board for approval.

"I look at it as a multiple tool," Kopacz said of the plan, which was introduced during a meeting at Stiglmeier Park on Thursday night.

It will serve as a plan for parks improvement and maintenance for town workers, and for the solicitation of grants over the next 10 years, he said.

"We know we have to address some of the playgrounds. We know we have to address some of the courts," he said.

Concerns were voiced about changes to Stiglmeier Park, but Kopacz said, except for the Rails to Trails paths and restrooms, there would be no further development of the park.

"There will not be future growth there," he said.

He said comments on the plan are due Wednesday.


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