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Funding for CD Lane Park

 

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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! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Windham Foundation is committed to inspiring lives and enriching our community through funding for education, recreation, the arts, and community initiatives. Since 2004, the Windham Foundation has contributed over $4.5 MM to preserve and enhance the Windham Community. To learn more about the Foundation and to donate, visit https://www.windhamfoundation.org/ or contact us at info@windhamfoundation.com.

 

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CD Lane Park Fall Fest

Fall Fest Set for Columbus Day Weekend

Posted September 25, 2020 The Mountain Eagle, Windham Weekly

The void over Columbus Day weekend in Windham will hopefully be filled a little bit by the C.D. Lane Park Fall Fest. A community-oriented event is taking place on Saturday afternoon, October 10, at the family-friendly park outside the hamlet of Maplecrest, sponsored by the town with backing from the Windham Foundation.

While the festival is not intended to, nor could it, replace the annual and very popular Autumn Affair, hosted by the Windham Chamber of Commerce, its timing is not mere coincidence. Thousands of people have come to the 2-day Autumn Affair over the 25 years of its existence, putting Windham on the mid-October travel map. Main Street overflows with a variety of vendors, music, the Apple Festival held at the Methodist Church and a ton of stuff for kids to do and see. There will be no vendors for Fall Fest, in deference to the ongoing Covid-19 need for social distancing, save for one or two food trucks.

The main attraction will instead be the park itself, which is in the process of receiving several enhancements, courtesy of the Windham Foundation. Two live bands are also going to be part of the pre-Halloween gathering, featuring “Steel,” from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. followed by “Four 26.” Everything begins at noon, wrapping up by 5 in the evening, getting everyone home before sunset, hopefully feeling uplifted.

“We want to give people who live here something to do for a few hours,” town supervisor Thomas Hoyt says, laying out the welcome mat for residents in neighboring mountaintop towns and villages. “This is not as big a splash as the Autumn Affair. We still have the virus out there. We have to act responsibly. It will be just like our 4th of July parade and fireworks. People were able to celebrate and be protected,” Hoyt says. “We want people to bring a lawn chair, bring their own peanut butter and jelly sandwich and cooler or buy a hotdog, spread out on 15 acres at our beautiful park and get a sense of normalcy back in our lives.”

C.D. Lane Park may look different from when you last saw it unless you are one of a growing number of visitors who stopped by the past few months. Windham Foundation funding has facilitated a refurbishing of the basketball court, the softball field and the lakefront. Betterments are underway on the park’s foot trails, being careful to keep them otherwise undisturbed. A temporary stream crossing has been laid over the Batavia Kill, easing access to a mile-and-a-half of trails on the far side of the lake, with a permanent crossing planned for next year, blending with the terrain. A 35-foot Stars and Stripes flagpole is being installed, replacing a smaller one at the roundabout, near the playground. New grills have been put in and picnic tables have been spruced up. Lifeguards are expected to be onsite, next summer, allowing use of the lake by swimmers with easier access/ storage for kayakers also unfolding.

“We want to create an awareness of everything positive that’s happening at the park,” Windham Foundation member Phyllis Parrish said. “It’s such a wonderful resource and this is a full community effort,” Parrish said, noting entranceway landscaping was donated by Smitty’s Nursery.

C.D. Lane Park Fall Fest is free-of-charge and, in the spirit of the Autumn Affair, will offer numerous activities for children such as Frisbee Golf (providing individual frisbees), nature crafts and more. “We want this to be a real family day,” Hoyt says. “There have been so many cancellations of events. This is something we can safely share.”

Join us Saturday, October 10 at the CD Lane Fall Fest! 

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Summer Arts Concert Program

All Summer the soundtrack in Windham is enhanced through free concerts funded by the Foundation including: Taiko drum performances, jazz performances like the Blackdome music concert series, and live classical performances such as the 23 Arts performances.

 

Taiko Drummers, July 2019

Taiko Drummers, July 2019

 

 

Blackdome Music Festival, Windham New York, July 2019

Blackdome Music Festival, Windham New York, July 2019

Blackdome Music Festival, Windham New York, July 2019

Blackdome Music Festival, Windham New York, July 2019

Blackdome Music Festival, Windham New York, July 2019

Blackdome Music Festival, Windham New York, July 2019

Blackdome Music Festival, Windham New York, July 2019

Blackdome Music Festival, Windham New York, July 2019

Blackdome Music Festival, Windham New York, July 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WAJ Science Club Explores Forest Ecosystem

Windham-Ashland-Jewett’s (WAJ) science club, organized by Deb Valerio, embraces another year of fieldtrips funded by the Windham Foundation. The science club is offered enriching educational fun through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties. Each month the club can visit The Agroforestry Resource Center and The Siuslaw Model Forest to explore and reflect on the forest ecosystem. The club’s sessions offer youth a chance to brainstorm about insects, explore the benefits of compost and hunt through the forest in search of six legged critters with environmental educator, Andrew Randazzo.

As flying insect populations continue to experience drastic decline, there’s never been a more important time for young people to develop an understanding of the many roles insects play in an ecosystem. This session students were able to develop a hands-on understanding of decomposition and natural cycles while gaining beneficial exposure to the outdoors. As the school year moves forward club participants will be able to further their knowledge as they explore many more topics such as stream ecology and dendrochronology.

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Family Fun Kickoff in Windham

With plenty of festivities for friends and family, July 4th kicks off summer in Windham.  It’s also the time when Windham Foundation’s sponsored programs begin to roll out. This year started off with the seventh annual concert by the OMNY Taiko drummers at the Windham Civic Center. The group, led by Grammy award winner Koji Nakamura, performed with an intensity and energy that moved the audience.  As the audience cheered for an encore, the drums and harmony of the group echoed throughout Windham.  The event grows with popularity each year and is truly a special treat for the community every summer. In addition to funding the Taiko Drum concert, the Foundation also contributed to group’s equipment fund.

The weeks festivities continued with Windham’s annual July 4th Parade on Main Street.  Fireworks followed at Windham Mountain, also thanks to a contribution by Windham Foundation. So as another 4th of July celebration ends, the countdown for next year’s concert and festivities begin again. The fun does not stop though, summer programs funded by the Windham Foundation continue to roll out, one by one beginning with the Sugar Maples Art Explorer program, followed by the Library Reading program, July 14 Gala concert at the Windham Civic Center, the Black Dome Music Festival, and the 23Arts concert, Swingin’ the Songbook on September 1, Labor Day weekend, featuring the Catskill Jazz Factory Collective.

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