Maple Hill Park May Get Bigger
By Jay Stapleton
At a press conference held
at Maple Hill Park on California Avenue, Berkman and fellow county
legislators Edward Diana and Thomas Pahucki said they would like to
see the county convey 7.5 acres of surplus land to the neighboring municipalities
of Wallkill and Middletown for park expansion.
The property is part of about
38 acres of county-owned land along County Route 78 Î some of it right
across the street from the 18-acre, city-owned Maple Hill Park Î all
near the town-city border. Although Berkman would like to see
all of the property made into parkland, he said for now, the smaller
piece is a start.
Berkman, who would like to see what he calls a more "fair" distribution of county park money and land to include areas such as Middletown, Port Jervis and Newburgh.
Right now, those areas get
no county park money, Berkman said. A new grant obtained this
year will provide $500,000 for municipal parkland throughout the county.
Some of that money could be used to convert the land off California
Avenue to picnic areas and trails, Berkman said.
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