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Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

It was such a beautiful day today I decided to take a walk and see what was happening. My first stop was Riverlink Park where I ran into Congressman Paul Tonko, who was there to check on the progress of Phase II construction. “I’ve been waiting fifteen years for this!” he exclaimed.  Bulldozers and graders were buzzing as they moved dirt to create paths. Artist Alice Manzi was supervising the Painted Rock sculpture she was commissioned to create for the park. The cinderblock center was now covered with steel framework and metal mesh. A mixture composed of cement and fiberglass was being blown into the framework through firehose by Manzi’s associates. There seemed to be an issue with adherence as they stopped the pumps to study the results. Soon after the pumps were back on as work continued on the large sculpture that is representative of a rock formation just east of the park that once contained paintings done by the Native Americans who were Amsterdam’s first residents.

I asked Congressman Tonko what he thought about the steel girder from the World Trade Center scheduled for installation in the new park.  He stated he did not mind it as long as it was not near the Painted Rock sculpture that he described as “sacred ground”.

While in the park I ran into an older gentlemen (yes older than me) named Sam, who was also observing the activity in the park. He pointed out the new deck erected at the Riverlink Café with great views of the river. Sam was quick to comment on how wonderful he thought the park was, but was very critical of the negativity displayed by WCSS radio personalities who “have nothing good to say”.  He also went on to say that there is no good coverage of Amsterdam in the local papers these days.  Sam stated he prefers to stay in the background when I asked him for his full name.

After leaving Riverlink Park I took a walk down East Main Street and on the current pedestrian walkway over the Mohawk where I took some photos of the Chalmers building. There was a small pile of rubble in front of one of the buildings and a couple of cranes, but there didn’t seem to be any demolition going on this morning.

It was a great morning with mostly clear sky and some puffy clouds that worked well with my wide-angle lens.

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Riverlink Park

It has been over a month since I sent an email through our City of Amsterdam website inquiring about this year’s entertainment at Riverlink Park. I never received a reply. When you check the City of Amsterdam website for Parks, you are greeted with the following post that has not been updated since 2009:

The City of Amsterdam pays $549 per month of taxpayer money to support this website.  Why is it not updated?  If I had not read the July 2, 2011, edition of The Recorder that listed the 2011 Riverfront Park Concert Series, I would not have known that the park has its own website that also lists this information.

Update: The Riverlink Concert Series and Riverlink Café information were updated today July 5, 2011, on the City of Amsterdam Website.  The Canal Fest and fireworks information remain incorrect.

I brought a new Amsterdam homeowner down to Riverlink Park today.  He moved to Amsterdam in January and never knew there was a restaurant in the park.  My friend was amazed that there were no people in this beautiful park on Saturday of the 4th of July weekend,  just one boat docked. The restaurant was not open for lunch.  The bathrooms in the park were locked but the elevator was working.

The point I am trying to make is that while Mayor Thane cries about a lack of marketing budget, we are missing opportunities already in place to keep the public informed about these events in our City, potentially increasing tourism and bringing people back downtown.

I also noticed the American Flags that once adorned the tops of the two towers covering the park entrance are now gone.

Riverlink Park will be even more amazing once Phase II of the project is completed and the Chalmers building is finally demolished.

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