Dock at Dwyer Memorial Park taking shape

A preliminary sketch of the new dock at Dwyer Memorial Park. The sketch was presented Tuesday to the Cortland County Highway Committee by the county highway superintendent Charles Sudbrink. (Photo via the Cortland County Highway Department).

A new dock at Dwyer Memorial Park is moving ahead, with members of the Cortland County Legislature looking forward to reinvigorating activities at the lakeside park.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Legislator Linda Jones (R-LD-9) in a Facebook post.

Highway superintendent Charles Sudbrink said at Tuesday’s Highway Committee meeting he has a design that should come in under the $100,000 price tag agreed upon last year.

“I can’t take full credit for the design,” he noted. “I did design it, but I didn’t actually draft it. My draft was on a piece of engineering paper, with respect to the design.”

Jones said she has heard from her constituents regarding the park.

“The public wants more public activities at that park,” she said. 

Jones referenced Tuesday a group of volunteers who get together to paint positive messages and creative designs on rocks at the park as one of the activities that brings the community together. She noted being by the water is also an excellent way to build community.

“Being in or near water environments may lead to relaxation, improved social interactions, better brain health, enhanced physical activity, and release stress, according to emerging research,” she said.