The Dyster-DeSantis “Jayne Park renovation plan” is being readied now for an exciting phase two.
In addition to installing some lovely decorative benches and breathtakingly hued garbage cans, phase one cut a half mile long, ten foot wide swath of asphalt trails across the park’s northern border and then the trail of rich dark oil and stone wended south to exit on Joliet Avenue.
Ever since the Dyster-DeSantis plan leapt from the drawing table of city hall’s third floor the wondrous concept has evolved and taken on a life of its own in the diminishing green of this quiet, neat, well-maintained neighborhood.
Flush with innocent joy over the fact that Cayuga Island residents are delighted with the successful park project, Mayor Paul Dyster announced the glad tidings that he wasn’t done improving Jayne Park.
Three weeks ago, the mayor, as he stood on the beautiful new wooden overlook, as good as any you can buy readymade at Home Depot, with a partial view of the Little River and a fulsome view the backyards of the residents on Buffalo Ave., said he was going to expand upon the asphalt trails – creating a whole new trail system in the park since the residents seemed to like them so much.
The mayor will designate the present asphalt paths as a service road for trucks.
The Reporter predicted that the initial matching grant that saw the city spend $290,000 in the 20 acre park, would generate a second grant for additional work.
More trails are on the way and a true truck service road to enable trucks to drive in Jayne Park to take care of the improvements is one of many new features planned.
Happily the goose population has largely removed themselves from the park as crude wilderness areas have been opened up to asphalt, wood and steel as the charm and grace of the civilized and man-made takes precedence over the unkempt and unappealing erratic elements of nature uncultivated.
From 2009, the Reporter has noted that Mayor Dyster and his Senior Planner and now Acting Economic Development Director, Thomas J. DeSantis were going to improve the park beyond recognition and that they would spare no expense nor fail to hire their best and brightest consultants in order to spend enough money to renovate it the way Cayuga Island residents want their park.
The mayor is expected to double the amount of asphalt trails as he doubles the pleasure of Cayuga Island residents by making a long asphalt trail along the southern border so the residents here can share their lovely park in the gracious manner that everyone enjoys – with a parking area for friends we haven’t yet met from other parts of the city and outside the city.
Come one and all.