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City Getting Dog Park, Along with City Parks Getting Upgrades Thanks To American Rescue Plan Funds; New Park Hours


At last evening’s City of Cortland Common Council meeting, the city approved the spending of $120,000 from the American Rescue Plan Funding.

The City of Cortland has $120,000 earmarked for the Youth Bureau from the American Rescue Plan Funding.

It was noted the City of Cortland did not include this $120,000 in the 2022 general budget.

The Youth Bureau is going to spend $119,123.75 for upgrades.

These upgrades include a Yaman Park Playground Renovation for $20,000, Yaman Park extended walkway for $16,123.75, 100 tons of Infield Mix for $7,500 and Yaman Park Bathhouse painting for $33,500.

$42,000 will go towards a bark park including fencing and site amenities.

The dog park will be located at Noss Park, on South Main Street in Cortland.

Image provided by the Cortland Youth Bureau.

Mayor Scott Steve also noted the DPW has planted grass and a 30 by 40 foot pavilion will be constructed as well in the final plans.

Reference for location of the Dog Park. Image from Google Maps

Also at last night’s meeting, Common Council adopted Local #8 of 2022, amending article 202, which adjusts the hours city parks are open.

In the meeting Mayor Scott Steve did note some of the problems that have occurred.

We have had some loitering in our parks, and while I’m thinking about it most of our parks aren’t even lit. We need to get Wi-Fi, we need to get lighting. We need to address all that but we don’t have them lit. We’ve had some issues with vandalism and some other items.

City parks hours of operation are currently from 6 am to 10:30 pm.

In a unanimous decision, the new hours of operation for city parks are now 6 am to one half hour after sunset.

These hours say the city will take effect immediately upon filing in the Office of the New York Secretary of State in accordance with section 27 of the Municipal Home Rule Law.

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