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Village Beach Improvement Project

The Village of Perry is pursuing an improvement project to the Village Beach Park. This 1.13 acre parcel is the only free-to-the-public access points to Silver Lake. Originally purchased by the Perry Rotary Club and gifted to the Village, a wide range of activities have been hosted from this site. Currently, two significant events play a key role at the Village Beach. First, this park serves as a central viewing spot for the Ring of Fire activities hosted on Silver Lake every 3rd of July. The Village Beach sees bustling activity as the community gathers to see the flares light the lake and then fireworks to finish the evening. The second event is the Shake on the Lake performances. Originating right here on Silver Lake, these performances of Shakespeare's plays have grown to encompass many sites along the Finger Lakes region and continues to be a crowd pleaser for young and old. These events, along with the normal recreation activities that occur here, highlight the treasure this park is.

The improvement project aims to refresh aging infrastructure while developing new features for continued resident enjoyment of the park. Initial funding has been provided through Senator Gallivan, the Perry Rotary Club, the Village of Perry, and other generous organizations. Additional potential funding is anticipated through a Environmental Protection Fund grant that will be anounced in December 2018. If the grant is successful, the Village anticipates the project will be a $850,000 investment for the community.

SWBR has been hired for architectural and engineering design services. Their first step is to develop a master plan with the assistance of a steering committee with community representation along with direct input from the community. To do so, a web-based survey is available to gather information. All interested parties are invited to participate by going to the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QQMPRWM

 

Silver Lake Trail

In 2014, with support from the Town of Perry and Town of Castile, the Village of Perry applied for a UPWP grant to fund for planning work on the Silver Lake Trail. In March 2015, that application was approved. A feasibility study was completed by a team of consultants from Barton & Logudice, in consultation with an advisory committee that included representatives from multiple communities and interested stakeholder groups.


 

Letchworth Gateway Villages

Letchworth Gateway Villages is a collaborative initiative with neighboring communities. It was established in 2016 with the receipt of a USDA Rural Development grant by the villages of Perry,  Mt. Morris and Geneseo and other investors, including Livingston County Economic Development for the purposes of exploring new ways to work together to catalyze opportunities between the villages, their Main Streets, and Letchworth State Park. The Village of Perry is the administrative lead for the initiative.

The Advisory Group for Letchworth Gateway Villages includes a representative from volunteer groups with an interest in the health of Main Street in each community (the Perry Main Street Association, Partners for Progress in Mt. Morris, and Promote Geneseo) as well as Mayor Hauser from the Village of Perry and Downtown Partnership Program Leader Louise Wadsworth from Livingston County Economic Development. 


 

Building Improvement Loan Program

The Building Improvement Loan ("BIL") program aims to assist property owners improve the appearance and physical structure of their properties. It is the Village's intent to match the dollar amount that applicants contribute to an approved project. The Village's matching portion is provided by a dedicated loan fund that was established through a 1980s Federal grant program. Local tax funds are not used in funding this program. 

There are two project classifications for the BIL program. First is the Fascade Renovation. Projects in this classification focus on the structural repair and restoration of the street-facing exteriors of commercial, industrial, and landmark buildings in the Village. These projects can be approved in amounts up to $5,000. The second is the Adaptive Reuse. These projects focus on structural update and repurposing of an existing building or site. Projects under this definition can receive up to $25,000.

The Village invites property owners to utilize this program to improve our community. The BIL policy and application forms are attached for review and consideration.


 

Masonic Temple in Spring
Perry Public Library, home of the Stowell-Wiles Gallery
His 'N Hers & Jake's Barber Shop on Main Street
Looking South from Burlingham Books, on Main Street
Rachel says Hello! from Olive & Ink, on Main Street
Arts Council for Wyoming County, on Main Street
Artworks by PCS kids on display at the Wyoming County Fair
A sunset over Silver Lake in Winter
Reading at the Bookstore
Read Around Perry (RAP) 5K Medals
Pitching in at the Village Park on Clean Sweep Day
Hold onto your hat...at Last Night Perry!
Hello Honeycombers!
Milk! on Main Street.
Reading with Rotary, oh my!