YORKTOWN, N.Y. - It’s still going to come in over budget, but perhaps by not as much as previously thought. And those March nor’easters not only felled trees right and left, they waylaid construction on what officials say will be a recreation complex unlike any other in the state.

Plans for Granite Knolls Park called for the restoration of basketball courts, the installation of an open-air pavilion, a playground for all abilities, a putting green, a restored handball court, six pickleball courts, two multi-purpose fields and a baseball field, as well as batting cages, a dugout, bleachers and a concession stand.

At Town Board meetings last month, officials involved in the $5 million transformation of 15 acres off of Stony Street, once home to a quarry, updated the governing body about the progress of the project.

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The good news they shared concerned finances. The board had been anticipating the project would come in over budget by about $600,000. Instead, it learned, by tapping into newer technology to light the athletic fields, pickleball courts and the pavilion, the overage is now expected to be closer to $152,000.

But the board also learned that the spate of nor’easters in March had contributed to a three-week delay in construction, necessitating a recalculation of when athletes might hit the fields.

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