DELMAR — After a few months, Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation has completed their end of year fundraiser for Normans Kill Ravines Park with a total donation of over $47,000.
The fundraiser for Normans Kill Ravines Park began on Nov. 24, and concluded at the end of the year. Over 150 donors raised over $22,000 that was then matched exceeding $25,000 by Delmar members Mark Bryant and Lisa Callahan. Gene Primomo, treasurer of the Capital Bicycle Racing Club and the racing club also generously donated to the fundraiser while also promoting it.
“We are thrilled with the results of our year-end campaign,” said President Joan Gavrilik. “Our deepest appreciation goes to Mark and Lisa, and all those in the community and beyond who gave.”
Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation works in partnership with the Town of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department. The not-for-profit and town department work together to enhance, protect and expand parks and recreational activities in the area. On Jan. 26, the Town of Bethlehem voted to accept $47,371 from the organization.
The Normans Kill Ravines Park opened to public use in May 2021 as the newest multi-use park. The 147-acre park is within walking and biking distance of the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, the Four Corners in Delmar and several residential Bethlehem neighborhoods. The funds raised by the campaign are planned to be used to build trails in the park, as well as, trail amenities.