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Public Info meetings 6/21 & 7/1/2014 for Athletic & Rec Initiative

June 19, 2014
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June 19, 2014

The next public information meetings will take place 6/21 and 7/1 regarding a proposed Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative.  The 6/21 meeting will be at 9AM in the Fisher meeting room of the Pittsford Community Library (24 State Street).  An additional meeting has been set for 7/1 at 7PM in the lower level meeting room of Town Hall (11 South Main Street).

The Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative consists of two components: improving Town athletic fields and constructing additional fields; and repairing and restoring the Town’s Paul M. Spiegel Community Center.  The public information meetings each will outline the proposed plans, cost and financing and provide an opportunity for public comments on the initiative. 

The Town of Pittsford has been working for the past two years on developing a solution to resolve issues related to unsatisfactory athletic field conditions stemming from overuse/excessive demand, the inability to take fields off-line to “rest” and regenerate, and grading/drainage issues while also addressing a need for improved handicapped accessibility to town athletic fields.   Over the past several years the Town also has been dealing with increasing maintenance issues at the Spiegel Community Center and the necessity to address the long-term needs of the building.  An overview of the Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative is below and additional information may be found in the following documents:

Pittsford Community Athletic Fields Improvement Project Summary

Pittsford Community Athletic Fields Improvement Project: Background Information

Athletic Fields Concept Drawings: Great Embankment Park, Hopkins Park, Thornell Farm Park, Willard Road property.

Spiegel Community Center Restoration and Improvement Project Summary

Athletic Fields

To address overuse and increased demand, needed offline time for field regeneration, grading/drainage issues, and handicapped access, the Town Board engaged LaBella Associates to assist in preparing a concept plan for the improvement and upgrading of the town’s athletic fields, with input from town staff, board members, community groups and the Pittsford Central School District.  The athletic fields plan takes into account information gathered and assessed by the Pittsford Central School District’s Athletic Fields Use study.  

The town’s athletic fields plan was developed in collaboration with the School District’s own fields upgrade project, which is currently underway; improvements to Town athletic facilities, in combination with the improvements at two Pittsford Central School District athletic fields, are being proposed to meet the overall current and future athletic fields needs of the Pittsford community in a cost-effective manner.  Various stages of the athletic fields preliminary plan were presented to Town Board, with opportunity for public questions and input, in 2012, 2013 and earlier this year (see Athletic Fields Improvement Project Background sheet for further details).

The proposed improvements to athletic fields support the Town’s commitment to providing high quality athletic facilities and offering increased access to playing fields for youth and adults throughout the community.  The project would improve athletic fields at the Town’s Great Embankment Park (631 Marsh Road), Thornell Farm Park (480 Mendon Road) and Hopkins Park (5 Barker Road) and create new fields at the Town’s Willard Road property.  The proposed improvements include constructing or reconfiguring athletic fields, playgrounds, parking areas, sidewalks, drainage and restrooms and providing increased handicapped accessibility.  A synthetic turf field with lights is also proposed at Thornell Farm Park.  A more detailed description of the project’s proposed elements can found on the Athletic Fields Improvement Project summary sheet.

“The major problem with existing fields involves intensity of use, which impedes adequate preventive and ongoing maintenance,” said Town Deputy Supervisor Jared Lusk, who has overseen the fields project from its inception, as the Town Board’s point person.  “In order to be in fit condition, athletic fields need to rest and regenerate.   Due to the level of demand, that doesn’t happen. This plan will help correct that problem, providing more fields, and correcting drainage issues that frequently take our fields off-line.  The upgrades will bring our fields to the standard demanded by current and anticipated use.”

Town athletic fields are used by a variety of youth sports leagues including those for football, baseball, softball, soccer, and lacrosse.  Teams need fields for practice times as well as games, therefore athletic fields in Pittsford are in high demand.  For example, Mustangs youth soccer includes 1,600 youth from ages 5 – 19, the Youth Lacrosse program in Pittsford serves 300 youth in kindergarten through 6th grade and approximately 200 junior high and high school youth, and the Pittsford Youth Football program involves six teams and six cheerleading squads. Adult sports leagues are also in need of field time.  The proposed plan for athletic fields improvements includes charging a field use fee to groups using the fields; currently the Town does not charge any usage fees.

Spiegel Community Center Restoration and Improvements

The Town of Pittsford is committed to providing safe, comfortable and enjoyable facilities for its residents.  After many years of deferred maintenance, repairs and improvements must be made to the Spiegel Community Center (35 Lincoln Avenue) in order to continue its role as the Town’s recreation center.  The proposed Spiegel Center Restoration and Improvement project includes repair and renovation of the building and its infrastructure, including the heating and cooling system, plumbing, the roof, the elevator and other items.  Exterior repairs and renovation of interior space is also proposed.  “We’re at the point where repairs and upgrades have to be made in order to keep this building open to public use,” said Town Supervisor Bill Smith.  “Doing this gives us the opportunity to bring the building’s appearance up to the standard of our other public facilities in Pittsford,” he continued. The Town has engaged Bero Architects as consultant on the project.  A brief description of the project’s proposed elements can found on the Spiegel Community Center Restoration and Improvement project summary sheet.

Cost and Finance

The entire Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative, comprising both the athletic field upgrades and improvements to the Spiegel Community Center, would be funded by two separate bond issues totaling $9.5 million, subject to approval of each bond issue by voters.    Should the Town Board decide to move ahead with the Initiative after the public information meetings conclude, the proposed projects and funding would be put to a public referendum for approval, likely to be scheduled for September of this year.

If Pittsford residents voted to approve bonding the complete initiative, in the amount of $9.5 million, the cost to the average home assessed at $272,500 would not exceed $67 per year for 15 years.  Looking at each of the separate components comprising that total, bonding for the athletic fields portion would be $6.0 million, representing a cost to the average home no greater than $47 per year for 15 years; bonding of the Spiegel Community Center restoration and improvements would be for $3.5 million, representing a cost to the average home no greater than $20 per year for 15 years.


Upon completion of the public information meetings the Town Board will consider whether to move ahead with the Pittsford Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative; this decision most likely will be made at a Town Board meeting in July.  If the board decides to move ahead with a final plan, both the fields and the community center components of the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative will be submitted to Pittsford voters in a referendum anticipated to take place in September of this year (2014).  There will be two separate items in the referendum – one for the athletic field improvements at a cost of $6 million; the other for the Spiegel Community Center improvements and restoration at a cost of $3.5 million.  Therefore, voters would vote separately on each of the two components of the overall plan, with one vote on the field improvements and another on the Spiegel building improvements.

Public Information Meetings

Public information meetings regarding the concept plans for the proposed Athletic Fields Improvement Project, a preliminary plan for the proposed Spiegel Community Center Restoration and Improvement Project, and financing details for the overall Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative have been set for the following dates:

  • Thursday, June 12 – 7PM, Fisher Meeting Room at Pittsford Community Library, 24 State Street
  • Tuesday, June 17 – 7PM, Pittsford Fire District Station #2, 465 Mendon Road
  • Saturday, June 21 – 9AM, Fisher Meeting Room at Pittsford Community Library, 24 State Street
  • Tuesday, July 1 – 7PM, Pittsford Town Hall, 11 South Main Street - newly added meeting

Members of the public need only attend one meeting; each meeting will include a review of the proposed plans and provide an opportunity for public comment.

Pittsford Triathlon 2014 a Success

2014 Tri Logo
June 3, 2014

The Town of Pittsford's 11th annual Pittsford Triathlon was a great success! Approximately 280 racers participated in the 300-yard swim, 15-mile bike and a 3.3 mile run held Sunday, 6/1 at Thornell Farm Park. Congratulations to all of our participants, including our overall winners: Carl Johnston (male), Reem Jishi (female) and Team Ankenman (team). For links to results, see below:

Overall Results        Age Group Results        Team Results

Pittsford Project Updates

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Contact Us

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Town Hall, 11 South Main Street, Pittsford, NY 14534     Phone: (585) 248-6200
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Town Assessment Update notifications sent to those with changes

March 14, 2018

The Town of Pittsford’s Assessor’s Office has completed the 2018 assessment update. Notices have been sent only to property owners whose assessments have changed.

The Town’s annual property assessment update is part of a regular procedure required to maintain full market value assessments for properties in the Town of Pittsford. Since 1986, all assessments have been reviewed annually to maintain the most equitable assessments possible. New York State law requires towns to maintain assessments at a uniform percentage of value each year.

As the real estate market has recovered, the Town had to update assessments appropriately or New York State would have dropped the Town’s equalization rate to below 100%. Homes assessed at a rate lower than their full market value make the Town’s equalization rate lower. Full assessment value for a property is calculated to be within 5%+/- of comparable property sales prices.

When the Town’s equalization rate, as determined by New York State, is below 100%, property owners in the Town of Pittsford will pay a larger share of the School District and County budgets. Therefore, it is necessary to update property assessments to keep rates equitable.

Informal Assessment Review appointments are available through March 29. Please visit the Town’s Assessment Update webpage at for more information or to schedule an appointment, or call the Assessor’s office at (585) 248-6232.

Pittsford, Brighton & Perinton Win Lawsuit re: Canal Clear-Cut

March 8, 2018


March 8, 2018:

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Barrett today ruled in favor of the towns of Pittsford, Perinton and Brighton in the suit they brought against the Power Authority of the State of New York and the New York State Canal Corporation.  Click the link below to see the court decision.

Canal Tree Clear-Cutting 3/8/18 court decision

February 26, 2018:

The Towns of Pittsford, Perinton, and Brighton today filed reply papers in the canal litigation. This was in response to answering papers filed by the NYS Canal Corporation and Power Authority on February 20, 2018.  Clink the links below to view the documents filed by the Towns.

Petitioner's Reply memo

Dr. Gray affidavit - engineering issues

Enriot affidavit - resident - breech history

Schroth affidavit - resident - bank integrity

Norsen affidavit - resident - erosion

February 9, 2018:

This afternoon, Supreme Court Justice Daniel Barrett granted the Temporary Restraining Order that the Towns of Pittsford, Brighton and Perinton requested. This enjoins and restrains the Power Authority and the Canal Corporation from taking any steps or actions to remove vegetation from the Canal embankments, pending the hearing and determination of the case.

February 6, 2018:

Pittsford, Brighton and Perinton file suit against N.Y. State Power Authority and Canal Corporation. Click HERE for the Petition filed in Court this morning.

Click HERE for the Memorandum of Law file with the Petition.