CATSKILL — An engineering firm is redesigning the parking lot at Dutchman’s Landing, county officials said Tuesday.
The result? Maximum efficiency.
The county has hired Creighton Manning Engineering to draft the plans. Although the park is owned by the village, the lot is also used for the Historic Catskill Point, which is owned by the county.
“We were able to maximize the existing parking spaces,” Deputy Greene County Highway Superintendent Scott R. Templeton said during the Public Works committee meeting.
The number of parking spaces will increase from 39 to 167 with the new design.
In addition to repaving and restriping the parking lot, the crew will also be looking to alleviate any drainage issues, he said.
“We were able to add 24 boat spaces,” Templeton said. “Somehow there was no designated boat space.”
The largest parking space will be 45 feet, Templeton said, designed to accommodate a truck and trailer parked diagonally.
Ideally, boaters will back into these spots, Templeton said, adding that he believes proper signage is key. The new and improved parking lot is just one of the upgrades taking place at the park.
A new band stage is in the works, inspired by another timber-frame performance space in Lake Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The project will cost about $50,000, Village Trustee Peter Grasse said, adding that $24,000 was donated by the Heart of Catskill Association with the remainder coming from the village’s parks budget.
The Heart of Catskill Association runs the Music in the Park program for 11 weeks each summer, the organization’s Karen Robinson said.
“This is our 21st year of Music in the Park,” Robinson said. “With the money we raise, we do things for Dutchman’s to keep the place as beautiful as it is.”
In the past the group has donated picnic tables and helped with the lighting in the park, Robinson said.
Grasse also said there are plans to renovate Dutchman’s Galley, which typically sells hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream each summer.
The galley was closed this summer and the village brought in a rotation of food trucks to take its place.
“The bathrooms need to be updated,” Grasse said. “The kitchen may need a new hood. The plumbing and electric all needs to be upgraded.”
Grasse estimates the entire project, named the Dutchman’s Revitalization Program, will take about three years to complete.