THE SPORTS FACILITIES ADVISORY REPORTS RECORD NUMBER OF MUNICIPALITIES SEEKING TO CAPITALIZE ON POTENTIAL ECONOMIC BOOM . . . . . .
GOSHEN, NY — Snow tubing at the Orange County Snow Tubing and Winter Sports Park is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Jan. 10, and run through March 1, weather and conditions permitting. The park is located at Thomas Bull Memorial Park.
A discounted fee of $15 is available to residents to use the Orange County Snow Tubing and Winter Sports Park; the cost for non-residents is $20. Proof of residency is required at check-in and the fee is good for a 90-minute tubing session.
Days and hours of operation are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Snow tubing is also available on Mondays, Jan. 19 and Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thomas Bull Memorial Park is located on Route 416 in Montgomery. Visitors are strongly encouraged to contact the park prior to arrival. Call 845-457-4949, 845-457-4910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm availability.
The Orange County Snow Tubing and Winter Sports Park’s 800-foot snow-tubing hill features two cable lifts, groomed lanes, and specially designed tubes built for a thrilling ride. The park also features an ice skating rink, small sledding hill, and cross-country ski trails. Park visitors must provide their own equipment for these free activities, which are available as conditions permit.
The Graham M. Skea Lodge, located at the crest of the tubing hill, offers beautiful views of the Hudson Valley and features a large stone fireplace. Visitors may bring their own food and drink as the lodge restaurant will not be open, and only non-alcoholic beverages are permitted.
For years, El Paso County has not been able to use its Sportspark in far east El Paso to its full potential. It is located off of Zaragoza and Saul Kleinfield.
Late last year, County Commissioners terminated the contract with the company hired to renovate the park and is now trying to resolve a dispute in court.
Monday, commissioners unanimously approved to begin negotiations with El Paso company Carl Daniel Architects.
The firm is no stranger to building baseball and softball parks in the area.
The next step for the county and the architecture firm is to find a construction company to complete what was never finished.
Carl Daniel Architects will begin working with the county as soon as this week to assess the park’s issues, write up a construction bid and present it to commissioners court.
The firm’s project manager, Steve Franco is familiar with the county Sportspark.
He was the project manager when it was first built nearly 30 years ago.
“We are the original architects for the park that was constructed back in 1986, so we have an in-depth knowledge of what’s out there right now,” said Franco.
Carl Daniel Architects was behind the Sunland Park Sports Complex, which is similar to the Sportspark, and the El Paso Community College Field of Dreams.
“We have done some several major parks in the local area so we do have a good understanding of park design . We’ll be able to do a good job,”said Franco.
County Judge Veronica Escobar maintains the county will not issue new debt to complete the park and taxpayers will not pay a penny more.
Construction to complete the park could begin in mid to late March.
No date of completion has yet been set.