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Sidewalk work planned in Orange

ORANGE — A new concrete sidewalk will be laid between the Orange Community Boat House and the Orange Police Department as a part of the town’s federally funded community development improvements.

The project will complete a safe sidewalk connection between downtown past the boat house and Butterfield Park and the apartment projects near the police station.

The $452,785 project will also pay for road reconstruction and a short section of sidewalk being put in on Cheney Street. The cost will be covered by the $700,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded to the town of Orange last August. Construction is slated to begin early this summer.

This is part of a bigger plan that involves Butterfield Park redevelopment, Community Cevelopment Director Kevin Kennedy said. “It’s a very exciting project that will be heavily used.”

The sidewalk kicks off renovations that will move through Butterfield Park throughout the summer, fall and early spring. Funding for the park will be covered by a separate Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Grant and also a portion by the town. Planned updates include the baseball field, which will be made into a professional field to attract regional leagues. The bandstand will be updated and the playground will be modernized, getting rid of outdated and aging equipment. Other plans include a walking loop/bike path, benches, a memorial section, grills, volleyball courts and public restrooms.

“It will be more inviting and a place where people will go and stay for a while instead of just showing up for a specific activity and leaving,” Kennedy says.

A current timeline has the ball field being the first to be worked on, then the playground and finally the bandstand area. Although the sidewalk work and the baseball field renovation may overlap a bit, Butterfield will remain open and usable during the entire summer.

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