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Land sale to benefit Naples Community Park

A nearly five-acre parcel of land donated decades ago for a memorial town park, now overgrown and unused, is going up for sale.

The town is selling the former James P. Long Memorial Park in a sealed-bid auction. The minimum price that will be considered for the 4.75 acres on Route 21 south is $16,000. Proceeds from the sale will be used to upgrade a portion of Naples Community Park.

Naples Town Supervisor Tamara Hicks said the Long family long ago donated the land to the town. In recent years it has not been maintained or used. She said that with the Long family’s interest in physical fitness and running, they wanted the former memorial park land sold and proceeds used to improve the running track at Naples Community Park. The track at the east entrance of the park on Route 245 will be upgraded in memory of James P. Long, along with new signage and related improvements made in his memory.

Mr. Long, who lived in the Naples area for more than 60 years, was an avid sportsman and conservationist. He owned the insurance agency Long and Chadwick and made numerous contributions to the Naples community.

Mr. Long helped found Naples Youth Corp. and served as a president; was a master of John Hodge Lodge; was secretary of Naples Valley Fish and Game Association; and served as a councilman for Ontario County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, representing the clubs on the statewide Conservation Council. Born in Burma in 1889 and brought to the United States as an infant, Mr. Long graduated from Harvard University and was an English instructor and executive of Starkey Seminary at Lakemont in Yates County. He was also a town supervisor for the town of Italy in Yates County and a member of the Lakemont Academy Board of Trustees.

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