Darling Field property transferred to city

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Enlarged School District is turning over its parts of Darling Field to the city.

The city owns the tennis courts, the baseball field and some of the soccer fields at Darling. The school owns the basketball courts, parking lot, a garage and soccer fields in the middle of the park.

Under the agreement for the property transfer, the city will take full ownership of the park, said Superintendent Michael Vanyo.

The Board of Education voted Tuesday to transfer the property. The transfer is in line with an agreement dated Jan. 24, 1981. City Attorney Anthony Casale previously said there is a provision in the deed and contract between the city and the school district that states the property would revert back to the city when the district no longer needs the field for its athletic programs. No costs are associated with the property transfer.

The property includes a former garage the district used for buses. The school district previously parked its buses at the site before building a new bus garage near Gloversville Middle School years ago.

Board of Education member Mike Hauser asked at Tuesday’s school board meeting if the school district would be allowed to use the Darling Field garage if necessary.

“I’m sure [the city] would work with us the same as we would work with them,” Vanyo said.

Casale said once the deed is given to the city, all the property at Darling Field will be owned by the city.

Darling Field, which is near the intersection of Kingsboro Avenue and Newman Street, is used by a summer basketball league and the Fulton United Soccer Club for activities.

The school district has had its own fields for years.

Gloversville council member Arthur Simonds said maintenance of Darling Field will be no major concern at this time.

He said he would like the city to repair the park at some point.

“I can’t say I’m concerned. I guess I’m really not aware of the cost to put it back in order,” Simonds said.

Simonds said the basketball courts need repair.

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King, who said the deed should be transferred to the city within a month, said the exact cost of refurbishing the park is not yet known.

He said there will be costs for maintaining the additional sections of the park.

King said local businesses have approached the city to help fix bleachers in the park. This could help with the costs of repairing the park, King said.

“We want to make sure it’s safe, above all,” King said.

Many of the bleachers are rusted and broken. The parking lot has holes in it.

Arthur Cleveland can be reached at acleveland@leaderherald.com.