The Week In Review-The Weekend Ahead

Vern Allen Park’s Future Remains Unclear

Vern Allen Park, at the corner of Route 94 and Ahern Boulevard in Washingtonville, contains an old roller hockey rink in disrepair. How the village can bring it back to life is in discussion by the board. (photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)

Vern Allen Park

Vern Allen Park, at the corner of Route 94 and Ahern Boulevard in Washingtonville, contains an old roller hockey rink in disrepair. How the village can bring it back to life is in discussion by the board. (photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)

By Eugenia Moskowitz

Located at the corner of Route 94 and Ahern Boulevard, Vern Allen Park has been the grassy site of Washingtonville’s yearly summertime carnival with a playground and, once upon a time, a popular roller-hockey/rollerblading rink. Now, with the rink wall and fence removed, but the surface badly weather-damaged, and with a lull in the popularity of roller skating, the park is falling into disuse and village officials are wondering how to bring it back to life.

Ideas have been tossed around, such as creating a baseball diamond or tennis courts, both with little support as baseball fields already exist in both the villages of Washingtonville and South Blooming Grove, and the tennis courts at Washingtonville High School are currently being renovated.

More popular is the relatively low-cost idea of a water-sprinkler style playground for Washingtonville’s children. The park abuts a large residential area of the village, and while community pools are costly and arguably unnecessary in an area where many people have their own backyard pools, and succeed more in denser urban areas or as indoor aquatic centers with a big price tag, residents have suggested that sprinkler parks are an inexpensive way to bring the community together for wholesome summertime fun without much cost. Sprinkler parks use little water, and the area around it would have benches, walking paths, and landscaping for all ages to enjoy.

To read the full article see the Friday, Sept. 2 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post. 

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