Outdoors

An Oasis for Birds in Bainbridge

A variety of lively birds make their home in the wetlands wildlife preserve near the  I-88 onramp in Bainbridge.  Fun to watch today as they swoop and soar around the area, these birds dwell there now because some Bainbridge residents had a vision 35 years ago to provide such a place for the birds, and the future generations of people who would watch them.

 

A large, enthusiastic group of people attended the park’s dedication Nov 1, 1980, including friends and family of its namesake and those who worked nearly three years to make the park a reality. The Bainbridge Sportsmen’s Club dedicated the preserve to the memory of Marshall “Bud” Andrews. Bud was a clerk of the Village and Town of Bainbridge and an avid sportsman. As if to provide some authenticity to the celebration, large flocks of ducks took off and circled the park at the conclusion of the dedication.

 

The Memorial Park began as a 28-acre park, and expanded to 45 acres a few years later. A concrete dam was installed to maintain the water level and provide a consistently watered habitat.

 

The land was purchased from Ernie Newman by the Town of Bainbridge; 75% of the cost of acquisition was paid by New York State through the Neighborhood Park Land Acquisition program. The Bainbridge Sportsmen’s Club contributed the other 25% and paid for the survey and appraisal of the land. The Club manages the park according to a long-term lease with the Town of Bainbridge.

 

A large variety of birds have found their home there, from bald eagles to herons, wood ducks to smaller waterfowl. On any day when the birds are about, visitors can be seen lined along Back River Road, binoculars drawn and […]

Beat the Summer Heat at Oquaga Creek State Park

Bainbridge claims Oquaga Creek State Park as its closest state park, and it is just over the southeast border of the Town of Bainbridge. The park provides a picturesque setting for residents to spend a few hours, the whole day or even overnight. The land beacons to visitors, especially in the summer, with a clean lake surrounded by tree-lined hills echoing the shouts of excited swimmers. Six miles of trails weave through the state forests and gentle slopes. Hiking is great in the summer, and the same trails are used for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing in the winter.

 

In the middle of the park is 55-acre Arctic Lake, a man-made body of water with a sand beach for swimmers, and black bass, bullheads and rainbow trout for fishermen, along with a car-top boat launch and boat rentals. The sound of excited swimmers echo in the lake area, and show the fun times

 

It’s a great place for families to enjoy the day, with a playground, a nature trail and food concessions. For those who want to camp, 95 sites are available and six rustic cabins, with dumping stations. There is also a full-service cottage to rent.

 

For more information, phone: (607) 467-4160 See more at: http://nysparks.com/parks/27#snformation

 

Address: 5995 County Route 20, Bainbridge

Join your neighbors for some local fun!

Sumer Fest is a new celebration for Bainbridge. This free event is a chance to meet your neighbors for some local fun – there will be food from nearby restaurants, music and games for all ages. Come by and see Elvis on stage!

Saturday, July 23 (rain date July 24), 4 – 8 p.m. In the lot behind Bob’s Diner.

Sponsored by the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce Reunite Committee.