'Jewel of Mamaroneck' Undergoing Improvements

The Harbor Island Conservancy is working on a project to improve the Orienta/Post Road entrance to Harbor Island Park.


Touted as the “Jewel of Mamaroneck,” is a stone in need of a little polishing.

As part of their efforts to improve the park, the not-for-profit group Harbor Island Conservancy has embarked on a project to spiff up the Orienta/Post Road entrance to the park, an extension of a village project started two years ago to improve the main entrance.

With $51,000 of funding—most of it from private donors—the Conservancy has already built new walkways and plans to make further improvements in the coming months.

“Later this fall new trees and shrubs will be added.  Next, spring gardens will be planted along the entrance walls and under the sign,” said Frederick Longacre, the Conservancy’s president.

According to Longacre, David Graf of Graf Landscape Design, Inc. has designed the improvements thus far, while David Ferraro of Mamaroneck-based Rolling Lawns, Inc. completed work on the walkways. The have also been involved with the improvement project.

“The Village DPW has been a great help, especially with the clearing of trees and brush and a fair amount of pruning,” said Longacre.

The project is slated for completion in May of 2013.

"The Conservancy wishes to thank its many private donors and recognize the wonderful cooperation of the Village of Mamaroneck, especially Mayor Rosenblum, Village Manager Richard Slingerland and the Village DPW," he said.

Judith Darsky August 28, 2012 at 01:05 PM
It is looking lovely! Now, any chance someone could clean up the water? Stuff floating on the water needs to be collected. And what about a waterfront restaurant? Can we revive that idea?
BG7 August 28, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I think they do a pretty good job of maintaining the park - its a great joy for my family and I donate to the Harbor Island Conservancy, tho they are very low profile! As for stuff floating in the water..... if you look at the trash that collects around Halstead Avenue and the railroad parking lots and then ends up in the Sheldrake river - and then of course is washed into the harbor.... The village needs to step up code enforcement re. littering - especially around multi-family rented properties which are in prime source in my observations. If the landlords are feeling it in their pockets they'll either keep things cleaner themselves or get their tenants to, like the rest of us. Anyway, good job, kep up the work on our great park.
Anthony S August 30, 2012 at 04:03 PM
How about a fenced dog park?? The park is over 40 acres. Can't they spare an acre?Half the residents in Mamaroneck have dogs! The presence of dogs will keep some of the geese (and geese poop) away too! More Mamaroneck residents have dogs than play soccer, play tennis, have boats, or any other activity presently in the park.
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