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Hillsdale Hamlet Park Renovation Plan Unveiled

HILLSDALE, N.Y.--A draft design for the renovation of Hillsdale’s Hamlet Park was unveiled to the public during a virtual meeting Jan. 13, another step in the project’s evolution.

   More than fifty people attended the Zoom meeting, which included a presentation by Chazen Associates, a landscape design firm hired by the town to reimagine the park. During the two-hour session, residents heard about the project’s goals and were shown an overhead schematic view of the proposed revamping, followed by a question-and-answer session.

   The plan envisions a number of new features and facilities for the park, which is located southwest of the intersection of state Routes 22 and 23. Among them are an expanded playground area for children, a pavilion for concerts and speakers, a walking path, benches, picnic tables, new lighting, shade trees, a revamped basketball court, a pickleball court, and a connection to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, which currently terminates in Hillsdale. 

    The renovation is a project of the Hillsdale Hamlet Committee, which believes a revitalized park will be a space for residents of all ages to enjoy as well as provide a venue for community gatherings. It also aims to support economic growth by bringing more people to the heart of Hillsdale to patronize its shops and restaurants.

    The Hamlet Committee gathered suggestions and comments on the redesign through a survey and a public meeting in October, and the plan reflects the balancing of input from hundreds of residents. Further adjustments are being made in response to feedback received at the January meeting. The next step is for the plan to be formally presented to the Hillsdale Town Board for review and approval.

    From there, the Committee will turn to fundraising, as the project is expected to be financed through state and other grants as well as private donations. The final park features and timing of the construction will depend on the success of the fundraising.

   Residents may request a copy of the plan or send questions to HillsdaleHamletCommittee@gmail.com.