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Moran brothers plan to help give Hudson Falls park $1.1 million makeover

June 04, 2019 06:29 PM

HUDSON FALLS - Two brothers born and raised in Hudson Falls have come up with a half-million reasons to reinvest in their community.

The Morans, a name synonymous with sports in the Hudson Falls area for decades, are jumpstarting an effort to bring glory back to the village's premier park.

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If you grew up in Washington or Warren County in the 70s and 80s, you knew about Moran's World of Sports. The sporting goods superstore is long gone, but the owners' commitment to their hometown remains strong.

Brothers Brien and Mike Moran grew up just around the corner from Derby Park in Hudson Falls. They spent their childhood playing sports there before they went on to successful careers as sporting goods entrepreneurs, eventually running Moran's World of Sports, the first sports superstore in the area.

These days, the brothers are focused on returning a decaying park to its glory. What will now be called Moran-Derby Park is getting a $1.1 million makeover. There will be new soccer and softball fields, new basketball and pickleball courts, new lights and decorative fencing, new walking path, and event space for community festivals.

The Moran brothers have kicked in the first $500,000 to make Moran-Derby park the place to be.

"This will be a place to bring their kids to play basketball, whatever it may be. There might be a car show here, a garage sale," said Mike Moran.  "It isn't just sports, you'd think all I would want is sports because sporting goods is our business, but there's other things out there and that's what we're hoping to do."

Village Mayor John Barton says Moran-Derby Park is the latest in a series of private investments that are revitalizing Hudson Falls, "It brings a community alive if you have a place where people want to come to."

The community is seeking state grants and donations for the other $600,000. They hope to finish all of the upgrades in 2021.

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Mark Mulholland

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