Windham’s “Jewel,” C.D. Lane Park Sparks Improvements
Posted September 10, 2020 The Mountain Eagle, Windham Weekly
Clarence D. Lane Park, or “C.D. Lane Park,” as it is best known, is nestled in the Northern Catskill town of Windham, hamlet of Maplecrest. Its construction began in 1972 as part of a broader flood mitigation project. The park, as we now know it, was officially dedicated in 1982. It grew to include a softball diamond, soccer field, basketball court, playground, volleyball court, and picnic pavilion with BBQ grills, limited walking path, and a 26-acre lake and accompanied beach.
While this public space served the local community well for years, the earthen spillway was significantly damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011, leaving this local gem in disrepair. Since then, the spillway was restored and the lake came back attracting birds, wildlife, and the occasional visitor. That was until the pandemic shutdown in March of this year as people searched for outdoor space for activities, fresh air, and the ability to socially distance, CD Lane was rediscovered. As usage increased, so did the realization the Park needed to be revitalized.
The Windham Foundation along with some area residents, teamed up with the Town of Windham to identify improvements that would enhance the park, with a mind toward attracting community families and preserving the park space for future generations.
With plans in place and initial funding from the Windham Foundation and a few residents, enhancements began late summer to update the basketball court, repair and paint the softball backstop, replace the volleyball net, replace and refurbish the grills and picnic benches, improve the existing walking path and create better access to another 1.5 mile walking path on the other side of the lake, re-landscape the front entrance, and expand the parking area. Additional work is slated for 2021 to expand the beach area and enhance the sand with an eye toward swimming, boating, and beach volleyball.
“Nothing could be better for families and kids,” said local resident and organizer Peter Shapiro. “With sports and activities cancelled, CD Lane Park is the place to go.”
Join us Saturday, October 10 at the CD Lane Fall Fest to see the progress we’ve made!
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