Ballston Lake Fire Department

Town to close on Fireman’s Grove Tuesday

BALLSTON – The town will close on the 11-acre Fireman’s Grove parcel along Main Street in Ballston Lake at a 3 p.m. public signing at Town Hall Tuesday.

The town purchased the property from the Ballston Lake Volunteer Fire Department for $145,000, using funds collected from developers through certificates of occupancy fees.

“We are extremely excited to be the new owners of Fireman’s Grove,” said Ballston Town Supervisor Tim Szczepaniak. “The town and our Parks Committee will be looking for the public’s input on how best to enhance the park’s offerings and make it enjoyable and accessible for everyone. The grove is a very special and historic part of our community and we couldn’t be more pleased to help carry on its great tradition.”

The fire department’s website describes the property as “a nicely shaded area” with a large parking lot and pavilion complete with picnic tables and more.

The town Parks and Recreation Committee will play a major role in overseeing enhancements to the grove, receiving public input and organizing the involvement of the community regarding future use.

“The committee is excited to be a part of the future of Fireman’s Grove and is currently working on a long-range plan for all parks and recreation facilities in the town,” said Town Board Member Kelly Stewart. “Fireman’s Grove will be an active recreation facility for all of the community to enjoy, and we are excited to get to work.”

Fireman’s Grove will be renamed The Ballston Lake Fire Department Memorial Park, according to the terms of the transaction. The fire department has owned Fireman’s Grove since the 1950s.

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