Village of Bergen's restored Sage Pavilion earns a second prestigious award
BERGEN – The Village of Bergen has received its second award for restoring and repurposing a historic building in the village.
Mayor Anna Marie Barclay has announced they have been notified that the New York State Conference of Mayors has selected Bergen as winner of NYCOM’s Local Government Achievement Award for 2019. The awards program, in its 32ndyear, recognized the village for its Sage Pavilion.
The Sage Pavilion in January also earned Bergen the honor of being named the American Public Works Western New York Project of the Year.
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, president of NYCOM, said in a press release, “The Village of Bergen is to be commended for its desire to improve the village through innovation and efficiency.
"The Sage Pavilion Project will benefit Bergen for years to come and is just one example of how local officials continue to work diligently to enhance their communities and the quality of life for their residents. Congratulations to Mayor Anna Marie Barclay on this important accomplishment.”
The Sage Pavilion was formerly an old, deteriorating water pump building, which the village rehabilitated into an all-season pavilion, which has now become the hub of the community, the mayor said.
In its first year after restoration, 65 events were hosted at Sage Pavilion, providing a versatile gathering space at a fraction of what it would have cost the village to build new.
Other winners of NYCOM’s Local Government Achievement Award for 2019 were the villages of Ellicottville and Rockville Centre and the cities of Corning, Poughkeepsie and Syracuse.
The awards were presented May 5 at NYCOM’s annual meeting in Cooperstown. NYCOM represents 573 cities and villages in New York State.