At last night’s Amsterdam Recreation Committee meeting, Patricia Beck, who recently announced her retirement as publisher of the Leader Herald after 17 years, gave an overview of the Shuttleworth Park Foundation.
Beck explained that the foundation is a registered not-for-profit organization that will raise money for improvements to Shuttleworth Park. Some of the improvements the foundation has in mind include: renovations to the baseball stadium, upgrades to the softball fields, tennis courts, pavilions, and playgrounds, paved walking paths, new benches, lighting, etc.
According to Beck, the foundation has already received an $8,500 grant from Home Depot and a $1,000 grant from Stewart’s. Beck said one of the first projects they are interested in working on is a deck at the baseball stadium that will be reserved exclusively for military veterans during Amsterdam Mohawks games.
Beck stressed that the foundation would coordinate with the proper city officials on any type of construction projects, and expressed a desire to have a common council member serve on the foundation’s board as a liaison. She also left open the possibility of working with other groups and initiatives in the area.