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Rye Brook's Crawford Park Receives State Grant To Upgrade Facilities

Crawford Park will be getting a makeover in the coming years.
Crawford Park will be getting a makeover in the coming years. Photo Credit: submitted

RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- Rye Brook's Crawford Park has recently been awarded $398,326 in state grant money that will allow park leaders to upgrade numerous facilities, according to a statement from a nonprofit advocacy group.

“In the next two years Crawford Park is going to be getting an extensive and much needed make-over," said Laura Klein, president of Friends of Crawford Park. “The town of Rye and the Friends of Crawford Park submitted an application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in October 2015 and in late January we were granted the money.”

Among the projects likely to be aided by the grant are the construction of a new, universally accessible playground, improvements to Crawford Mansion, new bathrooms and ramps for the pavilion, accessible parking areas, a new pathway to the playground and a sensory garden.

"(The sensory garden) will also be accessible: a raised bed garden that will delight all the senses." Klein said. "We plan on having a water fountain as its centerpiece and we’ll fill it with colorful, fragrant flowers and even edible herbs.”

The nonprofit president said her group was "excited" to receive the grant and intended to use the money to create a sense of community with the mansion at its center.

The Friends of Crawford Park, a recognized 501 C-3, plans to turn the 36-acre Crawford Park into a "viable greenspace."

The Friends of Crawford Park meets on Wednesday nights. The group has two events coming up: a two community planting days scheduled: one on May 7 with a rain date of May 14 and another in the fall.

For more information, call Laura Klein, president of Friends of Crawford Park, at 914-420-6614 or email laura@laurakleindesign.com.

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