Broome County's makeover of Grippen Park in the town of Union is expected to include one additional amenity beyond what's previously been announced.

County Executive Jason Garnar said a flag football field now is being planned for the West Endicott park.

Vehicles and construction material inside the old Grippen Park ice rink building on February 20, 2024. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Vehicles and construction material inside the old Grippen Park ice rink building on February 20, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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A major renovation project is moving forward at the park at the south end of Grippen Avenue. Garnar said the work is expected to cost about $3.5 million.

Features that already have been outlined include the construction of an accessible playground, a wiffle ball stadium and a basketball court.

A view of the northeast section of Grippen Park in West Endicott. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A view of the northeast section of Grippen Park in West Endicott. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Garnar told WNBF News "a lot of people like to play flag football," so it seems appropriate to include such a field as part of the "final amenity layout" for Grippen Park.

A growing number of girls flag football teams are being formed across New York state. It's being recognized as a high school state championship sport starting this spring.

A rendering showing the new look of the Grippen Park ice rink building. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A rendering showing the new look of the Grippen Park ice rink building. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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The county executive said there appears to be adequate space to develop the wiffle ball stadium and a flag football field in an area where an unused softball field is located.

Garnar said Grippen Park has been underutilized in recent years. He said he expects the planned work at the park will be completed by June or July.

Garnar said "it's exciting" to see preliminary construction work underway at the park.

VIDEO: A visit to a snow-covered Grippen Park on February 20, 2024.

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