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Volunteers Needed to Clean Up FDR Park in Yorktown After Sandy

The storm left more than 100 down trees and debris. The clean up has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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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Marc Winokur November 13, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I would love to help if it were truly my park. Will they be charging for parking?
NorthCountyHound November 13, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Anyone who burns wood can get a temporary cutting permit from the park office and then cut up any downed trees (you cannot drop them yourself) and cart the wood away. I usually do this after every storm that leaves a few downed trees. The park proper is predominantly evergreens which are not not good for fireplaces (ok for wood stoves though) but the woods roads toward the east side of the park have many other varieties that are good for fireplace burning. Find a good sized fallen tree, bring your equipment and load an suv (use a tarp). 3 or 4 full loads will give you about a cord of firewood. The park management encourages the practice but make sure you have get the permit first.
Bill November 13, 2012 at 02:15 PM
They should have the people who actually use the park come up and help clean it up. Very few Yorktown residents actually use it.
Plamena Pesheva (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Marc, there is no charge for parking. The park usually charges for parking between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
wilma November 16, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Not true. They charge for parking on weekends after Labor Day until i believe Columbus Day.

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