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New Scotland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, March 23, 2006

Water slide world at Thacher Park

By Matt Cook

NEW SCOTLAND — Thacher Park will be the first state park in New York to get a waterslide, said a spokeswoman for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation.

Two weeks ago, the state announced a $3 million project to completely renovate the pool complex at John Boyd Thacher Park in New Scotland. The old Olympic-sized pool will be taken out and replaced by a smaller pool, a 7,050-square-foot "leisure pool."

The new pool will feature what the parks department calls an interactive water play structure, a free swim area, and, at the far end, a large looping waterslide that empties into a roped-off area.

Also in the shell of the old pool, the park is going to install a 2,860-square-foot spray pad, with shallow water and spray for children to play in.

The main feature of the leisure pool will be its zero-depth entry. Like a beach, the pool bottom will slope off gradually from the surface. At its deepest, it will be four feet.

"That’s something we’ve done in another region," said state parks spokeswoman Cathy Jimenez. "It’s great for the younger swimmers and also for the handicapped."

One of the main purposes of the whole project, Jimenez said, is to bring the 50-year-old pool up to the current code according to specifications set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA, however, does not require zero-depth entry, she said.

In addition to the pools, the project will include a new bathhouse, a patron entrance area, a lifeguard room, a first-aid room, restrooms for patrons outside the pool area, new landscaping, shade structures, and seating areas.

Half of the price is covered by a grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

As far as she knows, Jimenez said, Thacher Park will be the only state park with a water slide—at least of this scale.

"It’s just to compete with some of the newer facilities in the area," she said.

Though the construction will shut down the pool the 2006 season, the parks department hopes the new pool will attract even more people to Thacher Park than it has before.

Already, the Olympic-size swimming pool is one of the biggest attractions at the park in the summer. Nearby towns, like Berne, use it for swimming lessons. For this summer, they must find an alternative.

Near Thacher Park, the state offers swimming in the muddier waters of Thompson’s Lake at the campground in Knox.

In uncontested race,
Mayor and trustee swap jobs

By Michelle O’Riley

VOORHEESVILLE — Eighty-eight villagers voted Tuesday in an uncontested election, endorsing a job swap for the mayor and a trustee, and returning another trustee and village judge to office.

Trustee Robert Conway received 81 votes for mayor. The current mayor John Stevens, who is stepping down after four years, received 77 votes. Trustee Richard Berger and Judge Ken Connolly were both re-elected with 82 votes each. These unofficial results were provided by the village office yesterday.

Polls were open from noon to 9 p.m. at the Voorheesville firehouse. Conway said that the candidates gathered in the firehouse on Tuesday night to cheer each other on.

The next day, Conway told The Enterprise he was honored to be elected mayor and is looking forward to working with the board and providing services to the village residents in the manner to which they have grown accustomed.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held on April 3 at 6 p.m. at the village office. First, village Clerk-Treasurer Linda Pasquali will swear in Conway as mayor. The new mayor will then swear in the two trustees and judge. Each candidate will serve a four-year term.

Conway recently told The Enterprise that his agenda as mayor for the upcoming term will include maintaining a reliable and safe water supply and completing renovations to the firehouse.

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