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Liberty Awarded $5000 to Help Maintain Public Spaces

February 25, 2015

[LIBERTY] – The Town of Liberty has been awarded a $5000 Sullivan County Renaissance Community Development Grant in a pilot “Municipal Partnership Program.”  The program is designed to assist in regular and ongoing maintenance of past Sullivan Renaissance projects in downtown Liberty. 

With matching funding from the Town of Liberty and under the administration of the Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation department, this program will support volunteer efforts to care for the many beautiful community projects previously funded through Sullivan Renaissance. The cooperative effort will insure that these well used and much appreciated mini parks and other public spaces continue to enhance the appearance of the Village of Liberty, add to its vitality and be enjoyed by local residents and visitors.

“We are delighted to partner with the Town of Liberty on this pilot program, designed to engage local government in taking a more active role in maintenance of public spaces in their towns while lightening the workload for community volunteers,” said Sullivan Renaissance Community Planner Helen Budrock, “Depending on how things go in Liberty, we hope to replicate this program in other municipalities in the future.” 

“Liberty’s volunteers have done a great job in creating the many Renaissance beautification projects, but with the continued growth of these spaces over the last few years we felt the volunteers could use some help with maintenance.  When Renaissance proposed this idea I shared it with the town board, and Parks and Rec director and all agreed to give it a go,” said Liberty Supervisor Charlie Barbuti.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  For details about Sullivan Renaissance programs and grants, call 845-295-2445.  


This year’s Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference will bring together, for the first time, a panel of six key organizations in Sullivan County to discuss their current and future plans.  The conference will be held on Saturday, March 7 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  All are invited and admission is free.  The facility is ADA compliant and there will be simultaneous translation in Spanish.  Go to for a conference brochure or to register.