As workers complete one major project, construction crews have started another in Recreation Park on the West Side of Binghamton.

Excavation is underway for an ice skating rink near Beethoven Street. It will be larger than the temporary rink that was installed at the park two years ago.

FLASHBACK: A hockey practice session at a temporary Rec Park ice rink on January 31, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Mayor Richard David said "there was a huge demand" for that skating facility but many people viewed it as too small.

The temporary rink was set up at Cheri Lindsey Park on the city's North Side last winter.

A worker at the new Recreation Park tennis facility on September 7, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

David said the new Rec Park tennis complex and improvements related to the project are expected to cost more than $1 million. He estimated the new ice rink's price tag at about $370,000.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, David said work on the tennis courts should be completed within the next week or so.

Workers from Astroturf Corporation's Syracuse unit have been painting markings on the courts this week.

The tennis courts will be named in memory of Harper Stantz, a Binghamton High School student who died after she was struck by a vehicle while walking home from the park.

FLASHBACK: Paving operations at the future tennis complex on April 28, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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