Public hearing set on pool project

By Brian Sweeney
A public hearing on the proposed Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Middletown Town Hall on Route 28, Margaretville.
Arkville resident Kingdon Gould Jr. presented drawings for the Community Recreation Center to the planning board at its October meeting.
Mr. Gould has formed a nonprofit corporation, the Catskill Recreation Center Inc., to construct and operate the project. Plans originally called for an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center and an ice rink. The facilities would be built on county Route 38 in Arkville on a six-acre parcel that was purchased from the Town of Middletown.
Mr. Gould told the planning board that, depending on fund-raising efforts, the project may start as an outdoor pool that would be enclosed if sufficient financial support is secured. The recreation center, featuring a weight/fitness center and community space, would also be built during the first phase of the project.
An adjacent ice rink is proposed as a second phase of the project. The rink, as diagramed, lacks a sufficient side setback. The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on this variance application on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.
Community members can comment on the special permit application and on the proposed variance at the respective hearings.
Mr. Gould told the planners that, if he receives the necessary permits, he hopes to start construction no later than next spring.