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Yates County boosts recreation with funding for local projects

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The Yates County Legislature has announced funding for several recreational projects to enhance community facilities and environmental conservation efforts. During its recent meeting, the Legislature allocated grants from the county’s Natural and Recreational Resources Protection Fund, supported by occupancy tax revenues.


The largest grant, $42,000, was awarded to the Penn Yan Youth Baseball & Softball program for upgrades at the Elm Street sports complex. This project focuses on improving energy efficiency and reducing light pollution with new lighting and electrical systems. Additionally, Rushville will receive $36,850 for a new park pavilion, designed to host events and performances.

Efforts to combat invasive species and enhance local aesthetics were also funded, with the Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative receiving $3,150 to fight the spread of starry stonewort in Keuka Lake. Our Town Rocks in Dundee was granted $2,000 for a project aimed at beautifying the village streetscape. Legislature Chairwoman Leslie Church highlighted the initiative as a positive investment in the county’s future.