Waverly village trustees have begun planning the use of possible grant funding to improve the village's downtown street scape, board members said at a recent meeting.

Trustees Patrick Ayres and Chris Brewster recently visited members of the Waverly Rotary Club to gauge interest in cooperating on possible improvements to the mini park at Broad and Waverly streets, Ayres told board members last week. The reception from Rotarians was positive, he said.

The park would be eligible for improvements under a New York Main Street Program grant the village plans to apply for with the assistance of the Tioga County Department of Economic Development and Planning.

The matching grant program, offered by the state Office of Community Renewal, assists with downtown revitalization by reimbursing business owners for improvements to mixed-use buildings in a designated target district, according to information from the office. The grant application is due in July, officials said.

Ayres said $15,000 of the $250,000 grant may be used for streetscape enhancement in the grant's target area, which includes seven blocks of Broad Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Pine Street.

Officials want to use the money in the mini park because of its location within the target area and its anticipated impact on downtown, Ayres said. Refreshing the park would "improve the downtown area for residents and non-residents alike," he told trustees last week.

The next step, Ayres said, is to form a committee of village officials and community members that would brainstorm possible improvements.

"I'm hoping we can make a big difference in the park," he said.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: arenko@thedailyreview.com.