CONESUS – Ten local community leaders have formally assembled in the first meeting of the Long Point Park planning committee, which plans to organize the resources and labor to refurbish the much loved and long defunct park on West Lake Road.
The committee members have yet to organize their roles in the committee, and plans for the park have not even formed yet, but this is a crucial step in realizing the vision for a thriving local park on the lake.
“Every time we bring up Long Point we get into these great conversations about what it once was,” said Geneseo Town Supervisor William Wadsworth at the meeting. “This will be a long process, but the community support and enthusiasm we have seen is quite strong.”
Wadsworth added that the basic vision is at this point based on successful park revitalizations in Washingston State, which involved millions of dollars and acres. Though this project will be much smaller, Wadsworth said that the formula is the same: work with the materials at hand, and use as much local love and labor as possible.
Joe Ferrero, a representative from the local volunteer organization Friends of Long Point and fourth-generation resident of the Lake, says that their group is willing to provide whatever help is needed by the Town to build in the coming years.
“Long Point is the only public access to the lake on West Lake Road,” said Ferrero. “It would be a dream come true if there was full public swimming access there.”
Friends of Long Point meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm in room 205 at the Livingston County Government Center and invites anyone interested to stop in and get involved.
The committee’s next meeting will be on Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office at 4630 Millennium Drive. There they will appoint a committee head. The meeting is open to the public.
The following are Long Point Park Committee members:
- Kathryn Fitzsimmons
- Patti LaVigne
- Margaret Duff
- Bob Brennan
- Ken Hathaway
- Hop Manapol
- Joanne Harris
- Patty Fennell
- Georgene Ehmann
PHOTO CAPTION: Long Point Park in years past. (Photo/Lore DiSalvo)