Niagara Gazette

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April 4, 2013

Academy Park structures debated in Lewiston

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Niagara Gazette — All of the issues, Giusiana said, would be addressed by any master planner who'd come in and assess the park. Mayor Terry Collesano said the master plan would be the best direction the village could go for its park attraction, which has hosted countless Kiwanis Peach Festivals and Pubfests, cruise nights and musical performances throughout the years.

Collesano himself said he'd be skeptical of a permanent structure, unless it was able to serve the needs of more than just the town's ice rink for two months. He said the certainty of the rink existing every year is even in question at this point, meaning a structure would be erected with no one to keep warm, should the scenario play out.

"The open-air pavilion came about during talks with (Reiter) about where the ice rink would go," he said. "In the last meeting, (Reiter) wasn't able to guarantee there would be a skating rink every year. So if there is going to be a permanent structure, it needs to serve multiple uses."

Jerry Mosey, who serves as the chairman of the parks, recreation and conservation board, said he wasn't in favor of or against a structure. Instead, he said he wants to see green space thrive in the village, which hasn't been the case recently.

He said it's one of the biggest concerns he's been engaged in dialogue about with residents throughout the village and isn't interested in seeing more green space disappear.

"Planning for the park to me is aggravating," he said. "I'm not so sure about a permanent building. Green space is disappearing with all these buildings there. Pretty soon, there's going to be nothing left."

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