Renovations to beloved neighborhood park include two new basketball courts, new splash pad, bathroom facilities, new playground equipment, pavilion, new fencing
Project funded with support from City of Troy, New York State, One Troy, Senator Neil Breslin, and Assemblymember John McDonald
City officials dedicate park to longtime North Central Troy resident, Geneva Pompey
Opening of park coincides with Juneteenth in Troy; Mayor Madden issued proclamation to recognize and commemorate the annual celebration of African American culture, history, and pride
TROY, NY (June 19, 2021) – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the completion of renovations to the 7th Avenue Park in Troy’s North Central neighborhood. Mayor Madden was joined by state and local officials, neighbors, and community leaders to officially unveil the newly-renovated pocket park during a ceremony on Saturday, June 19th. Approximately $1.2M was invested to transform the park into a modern recreational facility.
Mayor Madden said, “We are thrilled to officially open the newly-renovated 7th Avenue Park to the public this summer. Upgrades and improvements to the park will provide countless opportunities for safe activities for our community’s children and young people to enjoy for years to come. I applaud the efforts of our project partners, including New York State and Governor Cuomo, One Troy, Commission on Economic Opportunity, the Troy Police Department, and our state representatives—Senator Breslin and Assemblymember McDonald—for securing the funds to transform this space into a vibrant, active public space for enjoyment of Troy families and children.”
Renovations to the park include two new basketball courts, new splash pad, bathroom facilities, new playground equipment, pavilion, new fencing and lighting. Approximately half the project costs were funded by the City, with additional funds provided by private funders, and through the One Troy initiative with support from the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI). Additional state grant funds for the project were secured by Senator Neil Breslin and Assemblyman John McDonald.
“The One Troy project is a result of the Governor’s Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) and is dedicated to bringing together community partners to help eradicate poverty in the North Central and Hillside North neighborhoods of Troy,” said Katherine Maciol, CEO and President of Commission on Economic Opportunity. “Over the last few years, there has been an incredible amount of work to better connect the neighborhood, nonprofits and local government to identify and harness the resources that will improve the quality of life in this community. The local residents identified the primary focus areas of the project in an event in this park over four years ago, including housing, safety, community revitalization, employment and youth services. One Troy donated over $70,000 to the 7th Avenue Park renovation and it symbolizes a wonderful culmination of all the work completed to make this project a success!”
Construction and renovation work at the park commenced in early 2019. Completion was anticipated for fall 2020, but work was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Completion of renovations at the 7th Avenue Park was identified as a priority project in the Mayor’s 2020 State of the City Address.
The park was dedicated as “Geneva Pompey Park” in honor of longtime North Central Troy resident, Geneva Pompey. Ms. Pompey and her husband, Cleveland Pompey, Sr., moved to Troy in 1951. She has resided at her home on Ingalls Avenue, located directly adjacent to the park, since 1968. Considered the mother and grandmother figure to her community, Ms. Pompey has watched over the 7th Avenue Park from her front porch for over 53 years. A grassroots effort led by neighbors and community members successfully petitioned the City to dedicate the park in honor of Ms. Pompey.
Dedication of the park coincided with Juneteenth, a global celebration that marks the end of slavery in the United States, often recognized through local festivals that celebrate African American culture, history, and pride. Mayor Madden issued an official proclamation recognizing Juneteenth in the City of Troy.
“We are honored to recognize Geneva Pompey for her countless contributions to the North Central neighborhood,” added Mayor Madden. “Dedicating the 7th Avenue Park in her name is a small, but meaningful acknowledgement of her over five-decade presence on the block of 7th and Ingalls Avenue, and her generosity shown toward the children and families of the local community.”
Senator Neil D. Breslin said, “I was proud to advocate for the residents of Troy and acquire supplemental funding for the newly dedicated, Geneva Pompey Park. The new basketball courts, pavilion, splash pad, and playground equipment will benefit families in the neighborhood and honor longtime North Central Troy resident, Geneva Pompey.”
Assemblymember John T. McDonald III said, “Our parks improve our quality of life in many ways, provide an important place to gather, and are a great resource to improve our mental and physical health. Thank you to the City of Troy and all of the partners who worked together to bring these upgrades to the 7th Avenue Park. I am proud to have contributed to this project through the commitment of state funding to enhance these recreational facilities. When we talk about supporting our communities and creating a safe and healthy environment, this project is one of many that works toward that goal and I look forward to seeing our residents enjoy this improved space.”
The Madden administration allocated an additional $2M in the 2021 budget for upgrades and improvements to several of the City’s smaller neighborhood parks (“pocket parks”). Located across the City, these pocket parks provide recreational opportunities for younger children and families. Upgrades are expected to include updated playground equipment, fencing and lighting.
The Geneva Pompey 7th Avenue Park is open daily, from sunrise to sunset. For more info, visit https://www.troyny.gov/departments/parks-recreation/
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