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The town-owned Keysa Park will be sporting a new look this summer season, complete with a roller hockey area and newly redone basketball courts.

The improvements come as a result of funds raised by the James Metz Memorial Foundation.

The Town Board is seeking public bids by March 10 for the Keysa Park basketball courts rehabilitation initiated by the foundation in memory of the Lancaster youth who was killed in a 2014 plane collision at Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport.

Metz, the nephew of Supervisor Johanna M. Coleman, was a student at Lancaster High School, when he was killed in the accident.

Work is expected to begin this spring at the park, located on Vandenberg Avenue in the village. The park’s old, deteriorated tennis courts will be turned into a roller hockey area, whilei the rundown basketball courts will be improved.

As of last week, the Metz Foundation had raised about $122,395, according to its Web site. The town will kick in recreation filing fees and some inhouse highway department labor toward the project.

Metz’ younger brother, Donovan, and his cousin, Artel Metz DeVries, designed the Web site shortly after the tragedy - with a goal of raising $125,000 over two years to redo the basketball courts in memory of James, who loved to play basketball. His favorite national team was the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Coleman recused herself last week from voting on the bid process resolution because of her family connection. “I have no financial interest in the court rehabilitation,” she said, but noted that her siblings are active in the Metz Foundation, which is making “a sizable” contribution to the basketball court project. “I have an interest of the heart. I probably don’t have to recuse myself from this matter, but I think I will.”

The Town of Lancaster Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department is now accepting picnic reservations for the 2016 picnic season.

Reservations are restricted to Town residents. Credit cards are necessary to book the pavilion and the outdoor shelters. There is a limit of one reservation per person.

Visit the town web site for a link to online registration at lancasterny.gov/town-departments/park-and-recreation to book all outdoor shelters. There are no walk-in registrations.

The picnic shelters are located at Keysa Town Park, Meadow Lea Park, Walden Pond Park and Westwood Park.

For more information, please call the Recreation office at 684-3320.

This week:

• The School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in a budget work session at William Street School, 5201 William St.

• The Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.