The Village of Dryden is committed to improving the condition of Montgomery Park. The Village formed the Montgomery Park Revitalization Committee to coordinate this effort. The Committee is comprised of Village residents David Cutter, Debbie Fisher, Mary Kirkwyland, Kevin Laughbaker, and Susanna VanSant (Chair), with Village Board liaison, Tom Sinclair.
In 2014 the Village was awarded a grant from the Creating Healthy Places Project and hired Rick Manning, Landscape Architect, ASLA, to work with the committee to create a park revitalization plan and strategy. Rick was assisted by Margaret Soulstein, Landscape Designer.
The committee and consultant team met with other key park stakeholders, including the organizers of Dryden Dairy Day (a major annual event that occurs in Montgomery Park), the Village of Dryden Department of Public Works, and representatives of the Village Police Department.
A short survey, available electronically and as hard copy, provided input from the general public. The committee hosted an Open House at the Park, with an early design diagram, to get feedback from the public. A preliminary design was presented at Dryden Dairy Day 2015, and positively received. The Village Board approved the final plan in January 2016.
Phase I of the Montgomery Park Comprehensive Plan featured a community built playground, enhanced entrances to the park, and a walking path connecting the Main St and Elm St. entrances.