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UDC State Grant for Hancock Turns Gravel Pit into a Park

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) presented a check for $8,125 to the Town of Hancock on June 26 representing its share of a $75,000 Community Projects State Grant funding program that Senator John J. Bonacic secured for the UDC’s eight New York State member towns.

The grant facilitated the development of a new Town of Hancock Memorial Park located on Readburn Road in Hancock, NY.

The funding enabled the town to rehabilitate an old gravel pit into a five-acre recreational park featuring a baseball diamond, Little League football field, and a youth soccer field. The town’s efforts were supplemented by the assistance of volunteers and through private foundation funding.

Specific purchases under this grant included a pre-manufactured utility shed to store sporting equipment, two 15-foot aluminum benches for players, six picnic tables for recreational use, grass seed and 100 bales of mulch hay for field landscaping.

The town expended a total of $8,683.12 on this phase of the project from July 2008 through April 2009. From FY 2000 through this grant period, Senator Bonacic has secured $290,000 for river town projects that promote tourism, improve town-owned facilities, or enhance river access through contracts administered by the Upper Delaware Council and the New York State Department of Economic Development.