Sewell Community Park Taking Shape
By Eugenia Moskowitz
The newly named Sewell Community Park has begun to take shape across from the middle school with fill being laid and graded in preparation for a gazebo, paver paths, benches, playground, and other park elements, with labor and materials for these FEMA-approved flood-proof structures to be generously donated by skilled tradesmen of the Washingtonville community.
On Oct. 22, over 35 people dug holes to plant over 100 native trees and shrubs provided for free by the Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs program, which donates the plants to help reduce erosion, provide habitat for wildlife, and improve the water quality along tributary streams in the Hudson river’s estuary area.
Since the ground was very hard and rocky, a small backhoe was brought in to make the job move more quickly.
“We’re turning the flood disaster of six years ago into a rebirth for the village,” Washingtonville Mayor Joe Bucco said.
CAPTION: Volunteers planted free trees along the new Sewell Community Park area being constructed across from the middle school. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)