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Decision postponed on sports facility

DUNKIRK -- The Chautauqua County Agricultural and Fair Association has postponed consideration of collaborating with the Chautauqua Multi-Use Sports Facility Committee.

The committee promoting a multi-use sports facility for the Dunkirk area had hoped to possibly collaborate with the fairgrounds association on an equestrian center on the fairgrounds property that might also include the sports facility project.

James Tytka, president of the association, wrote to the committee: "Inasmuch as you have indicated that the multi-use committee is not in a financial position at the present time to negotiate, enter into or fulfill the requisite obligations of a lease arrangement, the board of directors has resolved that this matter be tabled for the time being. Should your circumstances change, the association would be willing to revisit this issue at an appropriate time."

Committee Chairman Don Horton said his committee met recently with an unnamed company that might be interested in funding a $7,500 study needed to see if sufficient funds are available to build the proposed sports facility. In the coming weeks, as well, the group will begin to distribute a survey to area residents to measure interest in the project, which would cost from $6 million to $15 million.

The committee, which has been declared a not-for-profit by the IRS and is pursuing charity status, is exploring a north county facility featuring one or two indoor turf fields, outdoor athletic fields, one or two ice rinks, a concessions stand, indoor walking track, game room, locker rooms and meeting space.

The committee also is seeking new members. Anyone interested can contact Horton at 640-7457.


State park reopens its swimming beach

Darien Lake State Park has once again reopened its swimming beach.

The park closed the beach Wednesday for at least the fourth time this summer due to high bacteria levels, park manager Richard E. Parker said. But Parker said water samples met Health Department standards Monday, so the beach is again open.

Parker believes the increased number of geese in the area caused the bacteria surge. He said park officials are attempting to limit geese access to the beach through fences and buoys.

"We continue to sample on a daily basis until we see a pattern of good water day after day after day, and then we go back to our pattern of weekly sampling," Parker said.

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