GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The village of Green Island has opened a new spray park, thanks to a donation from local lottery winners.
John and Linda Kutey donated the $250,000 water park, which opened Monday with a dedication by Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan in the village's Paine Street Park.
John Kutey was one of seven lucky winners of the $319 million Mega Millions lottery drawing in 2011. The winners were all IT specialists from New York state's Division of Housing and Community Renewal.
The ceremony to introduce Spray Park, which and replaces the old spray pool that was originally installed in the 1940's, will coincide with the official opening of the Summer Park Program.
The Kuteys funded the water park in honor of their parents Edmund and Gertrude Ostrowski and Joseph and Mercedes Kutey, Sr. No taxpayer dollars were used in its construction.
At the ceremony, the Mayor acknowledged the efforts of James Besha, Sr. and Albany Engineering Corp. for donating their time and expertise in the design, engineering and coordination of the project. She also acknowledged Todd Grimm and Grimm Building Materials, who donated the materials used in the construction.