WENY News - Village of Waverly announces major upgrades to park

Village of Waverly announces major upgrades to park

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     WAVERLY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Since the early 1900's, visitors have been going to Waverly Glen Park to play, relax and explore its trails.

     "It's a recreational park that has something for everyone," said Tioga County Tourism Director, Rebecca Maffei. "Whether you want to do some intense, challenging hiking or biking, or you want to have a picnic or you want your kids to play. All of that is right here."

     But park has started to show its age.

     The village of Waverly and the state parks department unveiled new plans to improve it.

     So Among the changes they're looking to make are to the park's driveway, their playground equipment and even add an amphitheater.

     "In this park right here, where the development for this particular master plan is going to take place is putting in a small, primitive amphitheater," said Maffei. "By primitive we mean kind of build it into the natural landscape."

     Other changes include adding new pathways, upgrading bathrooms, and making repairs to the Upper Pavilion.

     To kick start the project, the village got a $15,000 award from a local foundation.

     Once the park is upgraded, the village says it should bring more visitors to the area.

     "What we're trying to do is maybe not bring back some of the things that were here before, but update it, modernize it, make it more accessible for the broader community," said village of Waverly Mayor, Patrick Ayres. "But also make it more of a regional attraction."

      Those involved with the project hope residents and tourists will be able to enjoy the upgrades for years to come. 

     "Being in the Finger Lakes, having outdoor spaces is what people are looking for," said Maffei. "I think with the improvements we will have an opportunity to promote it and invite other people from other areas to share in the experience with us."

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