ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Early Monday, Elmira city officials and local lawmakers broke ground on a new horseshoe facility. It'll be built on the corner of Sullivan and East Thurston Street in Elmira where the former McKinnon Park tennis courts used to be. It'll feature 20 horseshoe courts, with potential lighting to be added in the future. Over the past several years the Twin Tiers Horseshoe club has raised around $100,000 through grants and private donations for the project. Officials involved with the club say once it's completed, it'll be a good way to bring some people and revenue to the area.
"They're going to be visiting the hotels and the restaurants and shopping here," said Twin Tiers Horseshoe Club President, Jerry Bernard. "Our state tournament brings in quite a few entrants, so it should help our community bring in a few dollars. We're hoping to get bigger and better as we go too."
The project is slated to begin in the Spring. With it's overall expected cost to over $100,000. To learn how you can donate, you can contact the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. at (607) 739-3900. There, the Twin Tiers Horseshoe Club has an account people can donate to.