A major improvement project is in the works for Broome County's Grippen Park in the town of Union.

The West Endicott recreation site is located next to the Susquehanna River.

County Executive Jason Garnar said plans are being developed for a multi-million dollar project.

The park land originally was owned by Endicott Johnson Corporation. It was acquired by the village of Endicott and later donated to the county, which opened an ice rink at the site in 1972.

After the rink was heavily damaged by flooding, the facility was used for BMX racing for 11 years.

A view inside the former ice rink at Grippen Park on October 23, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Garnar said people who live near the park have indicated they want the building to be renovated so it can be used for various purposes.

The county executive said one of the ideas being considered is installing artificial turf inside the facility. He said a significant amount of repair work will be needed before the building can be put back into use.

Garnar said some state funding has been obtained to begin the design process, which will continue over the next several months. He said listening sessions will be held to find out more about what people in the community would like to see in the renovated park.

A sign posted at former Grippen Park BMX facility on March 4, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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