City, town of Canandaigua go in on parks program

The city and town of Canandaigua are just about ready to begin a pilot program involving the use of Kershaw and Onanda parks by residents.

One hundred cards will be issued to each municipality, enabling city residents access to the town’s Onanda Park on County Road 16 and town residents access to Kershaw Park on Lakeshore Drive, at no cost to them.

City Council on Thursday night gave the OK, while the Town Board already has signed off on the pilot.

The cards, which will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, are expected to be ready soon, in time for the opening of Kershaw Park later this month.

This is another example of the city and town working to share services, although this is being done on a pilot basis to determine the impacts on each municipality so that there are no unintended consequences, according to City Manager John Goodwin.

It costs the city about $90,000 for the Kershaw Park operation, with about $60,000 generated in revenue, Goodwin said.

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