Hurricane Sandy roared through Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown leaving more than 100 down trees and debris that still remain in her wake. Park staff has been removing the fallen trees with help from other New York State Park facilities, but more help is needed.
The Friends of FDR are asking residents to join them for a few hours on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help rake debris and move branches. People who are willing to help are encouraged to dress in layers of work clothes and bring work gloves. Tools will be provided, but bring a rake if you can.
The park is doing its part to help the surrounding communities as well – the pool parking lot is a temporary housing site for 500 people assisting with relief efforts.
"Local residents are heavy users of FDR State Park when they walk, run, or ride at essentially no cost to them," said Jane Daniels, president of Friends of FDR State Park. "But there is a cost to maintaining a park and thanks to Hurricane Sandy, some large unexpected expenses arrived. By pitching in on Saturday, we users can help FDR get back to looking better and is a way to say thank you to a facility that we love."
Participants in the clean up effort can contact Susan Butterfass at the Park Office to sign up. Call 914-245-4434 x102, or email Susan.Butterfass@parks.ny.gov.
The park office for Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park is located at 2957 Crompond Road in Yorktown. It is one of 16 state parks, six historic sites, and two golf courses administered by the Taconic Region of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. For further information about FDR click here or here.
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