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WINNING PROJECTS TOUR

Eleven Beautiful Communities Host Events on September 8

August 28, 2012

[SULLIVAN COUNTY] – The public is invited to join Sullivan Renaissance and the volunteers of eleven winning projects on a self-guided tour through communities in Sullivan County on Saturday, September 8.  Each community will have volunteers available during the day to answer questions about their projects.  Events and activities run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Because of the distance between projects, it will not be possible to visit each of them on the tour day.  Individuals should select the communities they most want to see and arrange to visit the others at a later date.  For a brochure containing the winners, tour day activities, and driving directions to each location go to www.sullivanrenaissance.org and click on the “Winning Projects Tour” Quicklink in the upper right hand corner.  The brochure is also available at most gardens centers and nurseries throughout Sullivan County.

The winning projects were selected by an independent panel of judges from among 36 communities participating in the 2012 Sullivan Renaissance beautification competition.  Volunteers worked on the projects from April through August and were judged for aesthetic improvement, collaboration, youth involvement, permanence and an ability to be maintained.  Over $100,000 in grant and scholarship winners were announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on August 13 at the Seelig Theater of SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake.

The 2012 Winning Projects Tour meeting locations are as follows:

BEST OVERALL SHOWING OF FLOWERS:

·         Forestburgh Playhouse, 39 Forestburgh Road, Forestburgh

·         Neversink Renaissance, Daniel Pierce Library/Time in the Valleys Museum, 332 Main Street, Grahamsville

CATEGORY C – COMMUNITY-WIDE BEAUTIFICATION:

·         Golden Feather: Narrowsburg , Overlook Deck On Main Street, Narrowsburg

·         Silver Feather: Liberty, LaPolt Park & Creekside Park, 119 North Main Street, Liberty

·         Planning Award: Rock Hill,Rock Hill Farmers’ Market, Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill

CATEGORY B – MULTI-ELEMENT PROJECTS:

·         First Place: Dillon Park, Dillon Road, Monticello

·         Second Place : Circle Park, 1028 Proctor Road, Glen Spey

·         Third Place: Town of Fremont, Town Hall, 12 County Road 95, Fremont Center

CATEGORY A – SINGLE-ELEMENT PROJECTS:

·         First Place: Boy Scout Troop 101 Mini-Golf Course, Mamakating Town Park, Bloomingburg

·         Second Place : Recovery Center, 396 Broadway, Monticello

·         Third Place: Sullivan County Visitors Association,100 Sullivan Avenue, Ferndale

Some additional projects were also recognized with Special Awards for history, best garden design and flower judges’ choice awards.  All of the participating communities received completion grants based on the size of their category, as well as certificates of recognition from Sullivan Renaissance and area legislators.

Here are the winning projects, tour day activities, and driving directions to each location.

FORESTBURGH PLAYHOUSE – Best Overall Showing of Flowers

39 Forestburgh Rd, Forestburgh

Take a private tour of the magnificent gardens that surround New York State’s oldest continuously operating professional summer theatre. Refreshments provided.

From Route 17W: Take Exit 104 (Monticello) and merge onto Route 17B.  Make a left onto Jefferson Street, then turn right at the light onto Broadway/Route 42, then left onto Route 42/Forestburgh Road.  Continue 8.4 miles, then make a right onto Forestburgh Road/CR 53.  Playhouse will be on your left.

From Route 17E: Take Exit 104 (Monticello) and stay straight through the light onto Jefferson Street.  Follow directions above.

NEVERSINK RENAISSANCE – Best Overall Showing of Flowers for Maintenance

332 Main Street, Grahamsville

Meet the volunteers of Neversink Renaissance, while exploring the Daniel Pierce Library and Time in the Valleys Museum, with three floors of exhibits about the history of the Rondout and Neversink watersheds.

From Route 17W: Take Exit 105B (Kiamesha) and merge onto Route 42. Continue 9 miles to Woodbourne, then turn left onto Route 42 toward Grahamsville.  Continue 8.2 miles, then turn left onto Route 55/Main Street.  Library & museum will be on your right.

From Route 17E: Take Exit 100 (Liberty) through first roundabout to first exit (Route 52/Mill Street).  Continue to second roundabout and take first exit onto Route 55.  Continue 12.7 miles into Grahamsville.  Library & museum will be on your left.

NARROWSBURG – Category C Golden Feather Winner

Main Street, Narrowsburg

Meet at the observation deck to spot some eagles, then take a self-guided tour of the many gardens throughout the downtown.  Complimentary historic walking tour brochures will also be provided.

From Route 17W: Take Exit 104 (Monticello) and merge onto Route 17B. Continue approximately 15 miles to light in Fosterdale.  Make a left onto Route 52/CR-113.  Follow Route 52 approximately 9 miles to end.  Make a right onto Route 97/52, then bear left at the fork into Narrowsburg.  Make a left onto Main Street just before the bridge.

From Route 17E: Take Exit 104 (Monticello) and merge onto Route 17B.  Follow directions above.

LIBERTY – Category C Silver Feather Winner

LaPolt Park & Creekside Park, 119 No. Main Street, Liberty

Meet the volunteers responsible for Liberty’s revival, check out the Chamber’s info booth, and enjoy complimentary hamburgers & hot dogs at noon.

From Route 17W: Take Exit 100A and make a left onto Route 55.  Proceed to roundabout and take first exit onto Route 52.  Stay straight for 0.5 miles onto North Main Street to LaPolt Park on your right.

From Route 17E: Take Exit 99 and make a right at the end of the off-ramp.  Proceed to the end, and make a left onto North Main Street.  Proceed 0.9 miles to LaPolt Park on your left.

ROCK HILL – Category C Planning Award Winner

223 Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill

Visit the new location of the Rock Hill Farmers’ Market on Rock Hill Drive and stock up on locally grown produce while you enjoy live music and tour the gardens. Market closes at 1PM.

From Route 17W: Take Exit 109 (Rock Hill) and make a right at the end of the off-ramp onto Rock Hill Drive.  Farmers’ Market will be on your left.

From Route 17E: Take Exit 109 (Rock Hill) and make a left at the end of the off-ramp, then right onto Rock Hill Drive.  Farmers’ Market will be on your left.

DILLON PARK – Category B First Place Winner

Dillon Road, Monticello

Don’t forget to bring your fishing pole when you visit the new fishing dock at this lovely park just outside downtown Monticello.  Also on display will be a collection of biographical boards depicting the first 200 years of Monticello’s history.

From Route 17W: Take Exit 104 (Monticello) and merge onto Route 17B.  Make a left onto Jefferson Street, then turn right at the light onto Broadway/Route 42, then left onto Route 42/Forestburgh Road.  Continue 0.3 miles and turn right onto Dillon Road. Continue 0.5 miles to park on your left.

From Route 17E: Take Exit 104 (Monticello) and stay straight through the light onto Jefferson Street.  Follow directions above.

CIRCLE PARK – Category B Second Place Winner

1028 Proctor Road, Glen Spey

Bring the kids and enjoy all that Circle Park has to offer including mini-golf, bocce ball, horseshoes, basketball, picnic areas, and whimsical playground equipment within a beautifully landscaped setting.

From Route 17W: Take Exit 104 (Monticello) and merge onto Route 17B.  Make a left onto Jefferson Street and continue to the end.  Make a right at the light onto Broadway/Route 42, then left onto Route 42/Forestburgh Road.  Continue 8.4 miles, then make a right onto Forestburgh Road/CR 53.  Continue approximately 8 miles, then make a right onto Proctor Road.  Circle Park will be on your left just past the Town Hall.

From Route 17E: Take Exit 104 (Monticello) and stay straight through the light onto Jefferson Street.  Follow directions above.

TOWN OF FREMONT – Category B Third Place Winner

12 County Rd 95, Fremont Center

The Town of Fremont’s project involved a new sign at their administrative offices, along with new landscaping and walkways.  Tour the grounds and enjoy some light refreshments.

From Liberty: Follow Route 52 west for 11 miles into Jeffersonville. Make a right onto CR-128/Jeffersonville North Branch Road and continue for 3 miles.  Make a slight left onto North Branch Rd./CR-122.  Make a right at the stop sign onto CR-95/Obernburg Rd.   Continue for 4.8 miles to the Town of Fremont Administration Offices on the left.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 101 Mini golf course – Category A First Place Winner

Mamakating Town Park, Mamakating Rd, Bloomingburg

Take in a free round of mini golf at this amazing course completed as part of an Eagle Scout Project. Clubs and balls will be provided.

From Route 17W: Take Exit 114 (Wurtsboro) and make a right at the end of the off-ramp onto Mamakating Road.  Continue approximately 1 mile to park on your right.

From Route 17E: Take Exit 112 (Masten Lake) and make a left at the end of the off-ramp, then right onto Wurtsboro Mountain Road.  Continue through Wurtsboro approximately 5 miles into Bloomingburg.  Park will be on your right.

RECOVERY CENTER – Category A Second Place Winner

396 Broadway, Monticello

See the Renaissance Collection in action and learn about The Recovery Center’s mission. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

From Route 17W: Take Exit 105A (Monticello) and merge onto Route 42, Continue 1 mile, then turn right onto Broadway.  Recovery Center will be on your right.

From Route 17E: Take Exit 104 (Monticello) and stay straight through the light onto Jefferson Street. Turn left at the light onto Broadway.  Recovery Center will be on your left.

SULLIVAN COUNTY VISITORS ASSOCIATION – Category A Third Place Winner

100 Sullivan Avenue, Ferndale

Visit the professionals responsible for promoting Sullivan County’s many tourist attractions. Try out the travel kiosk, pick up some literature, and enjoy complimentary refreshments courtesy of the SCVA.

From Route 17W: Take Exit 101 (Ferndale/Swan Lake) and turn left at the end of the off-ramp onto Sullivan Avenue.  Proceed 0.3 miles to the SCVA offices on your left.

From Route 17E: Take Exit 100 (Route 52/Liberty) and proceed through roundabout.  Take third exit onto Route 52 east and proceed 0.6 miles.  Turn right onto Sullivan Avenue. Proceed 0.5 miles to SVCA offices on your right.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation and WSUL/WVOS. 

For information about Sullivan Renaissance, contact 845-295-2445 or www.sullivanrenaissance.org.