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Demonstration Projects in Monticello, Woodridge, Rock Hill

July 7, 2008

[LIBERTY] – Three seasonal communities in Monticello, Woodridge and Rock Hill are improving the appearance of their properties this summer as part of a Sullivan Renaissance program that helps fund demonstration projects.  The program awards up to $2500 in matching grants for beautification projects that demonstrate best practices for other seasonal properties throughout SullivanCounty.


To obtain a grant, eligible projects may include: fixing up entranceways and gates, planting flower gardens or other landscaping, removal of old structures and cleaning up dump sites, replacing fencing, or upgrading signage.  Improvements are made in areas visible to the public.


Far Site Bungalows on Route 17B in Monticello, inspired by work done across the highway by the Sullivan County Highway Department, has partnered with Sullivan Renaissance to work on a similar entry way project which will include a new gate, fencing and landscaping at the entrance to their colony.  A new sign will also be installed.  It will match $2500 with $2500 worth of in-kind labor.


Regency Estates, a seasonal, second home community in Woodridge, is sprucing up its entrance by constructing a stone wall with new gate, signage and shrubbery.  It will match a $2500 grant with $3500.


Camp Jened on East Glen Wild Road in Rock Hill, which serves adults with disabilities, is installing a new welcome sign at its main entrance.  The area around the sign will be landscaped and perennials planted.  It will match $2000 with the same amount.


“Demonstration projects like these are an example to other seasonal camps and bungalow colonies.  Simple landscaping and inexpensive improvements make properties look better and are easy to do,” said Sullivan Renaissance Community Organizer Richard Sush.  “Our grants will be matched by private investment, resulting in more attractive properties and encouraging other groups to participate next season.”


Sullivan Renaissance seasonal beautification activities include:

-         Mini-grants awarded a summer community in Hurleyville and a camp in Woodbourne

-         A sign improvement at CampWiznitz on Old Falls Road near the hamlet of Fallsburg, which restored a stone wall last year

-         Participation by several seasonal communities in the Sullivan Renaissance beautification competition

-         A hands-on seminar on Gardening Basics in July

-         Publishing the “Building Seasonal Partnerships” brochure for area camps and colonies with the support of WSUL/WVOS

-         Participating in SullivanCounty’s “Building Better Relations with Summer Residents” Committee


A limited number of seasonal mini-grants up to $200 are still available.  Applications are being accepted until August 1.


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.  Sponsorships have also been provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects and by Thunder 102 for Category B projects.


For information about Sullivan Renaissance, contact 845-295-2445 or