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Boy Scout to add trails, repair bridge at Perry Springs Park — Manlius’ best kept secret

Perry Springs Park in Manlius will see some renovations by local Boy Scout Noah Chrysler.

Perry Springs Park in Manlius will see some renovations by local Boy Scout Noah Chrysler. Allie Wenner

You’ve probably been to the Swan Pond or Beard Park Mill Run, or maybe even Founder’s Park if you’ve ever spent time in the great outdoors of the Manlius. However, you may be surprised to find that there’s another park off the radar in the middle of the village as well.

Perry Springs Park has been owned by the Village of Manlius since the 1930s. Now it supplies more than 100 gallons of water per day to both the Swan Pond in Manlius and the Beard Park pond in Fayetteville, located next to Wellwood Middle School. In addition, it’s also the site for the Manlius fish hatchery, which is used to raise trout for the Swan Pond.

But perhaps the most unique thing about Perry Springs Park is that it doesn’t all belong to Manlius. Because of the park’s location in the middle of F-M road, half of it is owned by the Village of Manlius, and the other half belongs to the Village of Fayetteville.

The park is nestled at the end of Park Drive in Manlius, behind where the old Express Sales Lincoln Mercury car dealership used to be located. In the 1990s, two nature trails for hikers were constructed as well as benches for those who prefer to sit back, relax and enjoy nature.

Those benches have been seeing major upgrades in the last few months. This past summer, the Manlius Village Board approved an idea from local Boy Scout Alex Holden to renovate the park. The Boy Scout recently constructed two benches in the park for his Eagle Scout project.

And now Noah Chrysler of troop 369 has a similar plan. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the village board approved his proposal to add more hiking trails, repair the bridge that overlooks the pond and add an additional bench to the park as his Eagle Scout project.

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sweiter 1 year, 11 months ago

Perhaps the Park isn't the Village's "Best Kept Secret" however, the plan to expand the trails might be described as such. After reading this story I went back through the Village Board Minutes to discover this action had been approved on September 11, 2012. Yet no one in the neighborhood surrounding the Park seems to have been notified, consulted, or asked to comment.

While I applaud the initiative of young Master Chrylser and support Eagle Scout projects generally, I am dismayed that this action would have been approved without notification to the neighborhood. I own properties that back up to the park, and would like to know how the extension of the trails will affect my safety, privacy, and property. Other residents of Eureka Drive, Park street, Garrett and Greenridge are equally concerned. Before this plan goes forward,there should be a public meeting to discuss the extent of this plan and the potential impact on our neighborhood, as well as potential damage to the natural springs and aquifers in the rear of the park..

Steve Weiter Eureka Drive Manlius, NY

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