Friday, July 29, 2016

Houghton College donates land to local township for public park

Photo: Houghton College President Shirley Mullen and Caneadea Town Supervisor Phil Stockin
Houghton College signed over the deed for land donated to the Town of Caneadea to build a public park space. The signing was held on July 5 at Houghton College with President Shirley Mullen and Caneadea Town Supervisor Phil Stockin.
The park will be built on 32 acres near the college’s “Field of Dreams,” just off Route 19. Construction for the park is set to potentially begin in the summer of 2017.
President Mullen commented, “Houghton College is privileged to partner with others in our community to create a park that will not only enable us to enjoy the Genesee River valley more fully but also attract others to the beauty of this region.”
A Memo of Understanding was signed that allows the College perpetual continual use of its cross-country course, which runs around the outer edge of the park.
“I do think that the park will be a nice addition for those in the community. Many people already walk on the trails near the field of dreams, and the park will provide additional benefits (pavilion, picnic tables, playground equipment, etc.) for a variety of age groups,” commented Dale Wright, chief business officer at Houghton College. “It will provide a gathering place for picnics. It will give faculty and staff (and other community members with children) a place for their children to play on age-appropriate playground equipment. It will offer a pavilion and picnic tables for those that may be at the field of dreams for a cross-country meet. It’s also an important example of the Town and the College working together on a mutually beneficial project.