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Improvements Possible for Dunn Field

Written By: Kellie Meyer

Opening day for Dunn Field is just a week away. For fans, improvements to the field could be in the future.

Improvements Possible for Dunn Field

May 29, 2014

ELMIRA (WENY) -- Opening day for Dunn Field is just a week away. For fans, improvements to the field could be in the future.
     The City of Elmira will vote next week on applying for a state grant to help pay for infrastructure improvements. This would include things like sidewalks, seats or other liabilities. 
     Mayor Sue Skidmore says Dunn Field has seen a lot of growth in recent years and they want to keep building on that. She says whatever money they can get from the grant, they'll take.
     Councilmember Dan Royal says it isn't just Dunn Field that needs infrastructure improvements, the pool in Brant Park needs them too. He hoped they could put in for a grant application to get some sort of vision of reuse.
     Councilmember Dan Royle from District Five said, "I probably would have chose the pool at this point because of the terrible condition that it is in. Not that the field isn't important because it is, the both of them are. But I would like to see us really go after aggressively doing something with that pool."
     Mayor Sue Skidmore added, "it's not being used now, you get 4,000 people two days a week in Dunn Field, you know where's my liability, it's not in some place that isn't being used it's in some place that is being used so that's the most important thing for us right now."
     Mayor Skidmore added they have to approve anything they do with the pool through the state first. She says they hope to apply next year for the funding. 
    City Council will vote on authorizing the grant application when it meets 7 p.m. Monday on the second floor of City Hall.