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Town of Deerpark Receives UDC State Grant for Park

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) presented a check for $8,125 to the Town of Deerpark on April 27 representing its share of a $75,000 Community Projects State Grant funding program that Senator John J. Bonacic secured for the UDC’s eight New York State member towns.

The grant enabled the Town of Deerpark to undertake a series of improvements at the new Sparrowbush Firemen’s Park and Picnic Area located near the intersection of State Routes 97 and 42 in the hamlet of Sparrowbush. Tasks included enhancing the pathway around the park with benches, picnic tables, exercise and fitness trail equipment, dog waste stations, ornamental trees, and floral plantings.

This grant funding enabled the Town of Deerpark to provide a pleasing and useful recreation area for town residents and visitors to the area that is visible from the state-designated Upper Delaware Scenic Byway.

The work was supplemented by community donations. The town expended a total of $9,289.49 on this project. The FY 2007-2008 grant funding, covering the contract period of September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2009, represents the fifth round of projects that promote tourism, improve town-owned facilities, or enhance river access in the Towns of Hancock, Fremont, Delaware, Cochecton, Tusten, Highland, Lumberland, and Deerpark.

Since FY 2000, Senator Bonacic has secured $290,000 for the eight river valley towns through contracts administered by the Upper Delaware Council and the New York State Department of Economic Development.