Otsiningo Park Upgrades Include
Greater Binghamton Welcome Sign and Bocce Ball Court
Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala was joined by members of the Sons of Italy, the Abruzzese Social Club and her administration to unveil the Greater Binghamton welcome sign and a new bocce ball court in Ostiningo Park. Members of the Italian social groups were unable to compete on the new court due to the poor weather conditions.
“The new Bocce Ball Court and Greater Binghamton Welcome sign are excellent additions to Ostiningo Park,” said Executive Fiala “After years of trying to get a “Welcome to Greater Binghamton” sign in the area, we commissioned the construction of a sign at Otsiningo Park in a location that can be seen by traffic traveling both north and south. Just in time for both the Empire State Games and the Spiedie Festival -those traveling through the area will now be welcomed by our Greater Binghamton logo.”
The regulation bocce ball court was constructed near the northwest park office and pavilion. Bocce Balls can be rented at the park for the day by presenting a valid drivers license to a parks or security employee. Groups can also reserve the court by contacting the County Parks and Recreation Department at (607) 778-2193.
The new welcome sign will cost the county between $15,000 and $20,000. Work for the project was completed by Joe Orlando and Son Contracting and 3i Graphics Broome County Economic Development Director Darcy Fauci explained during the news conference that there are plans for additional signs and the county is working with the DOT to find amenable locations in high traffic areas. Federal highway law prohibits signs from being placed near the Interstates at each of the county borders. The county is being creative to find locations that are visible and meet the State Department of Transportation and federal transportation guidelines.
“Our community sits at a crossroads of several major interstates and highways and millions of cars pass through Greater Binghamton every year, yet I think many travelers would be hard pressed to identify the community they are driving through,” said Broome County Economic Development Director Darcy Fauci. “This strategically placed sign hopes to raise their awareness and make sure more people know where Greater Binghamton. It also promotes our website which provides those from outside the area an avenue to find out more information about our community.”