State grants plus volunteer civic participation will add to the recreational and outdoor opportunities in the Town of Richfield.
Town of Richfield Supervisor Dan Sullivan, who took office in January, said people have stepped up to take on the beautification projects. Some of them are in the village so town and village officials have been coordinating on them.
A pocket park has been set up on the space in the village created when a house was demolished. Sullivan said it’s in its second year of improvement led by the West Winfield Rotary Club and Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank.
“There are benches and a little lending library and in the back of the park, an open sulfur spring for people to see,’’ Sullivan said.
Boss Landscape of Richfield Springs is assisting with lawn and plant care. Along with Rotarians, neighbors of the new park pick up litter and tend to the flowers.
“People use it,’’ Sullivan said. “It’s a little area of quiet.’’
Over the last couple of years Richfield Springs architect Jim Jordan has created green spaces on the sites of former junkyards and a hotel.
Next week Sullivan said the Richfield Town Board will give approval to a third beautification plan. This one will revitalize the Blue Star Memorial Park on Main Street, which has become overgrown and unused. Blue Stars are put in the windows of homes where a loved one is serving in the military.
“It was done to honor all the Blue Star families in the area,’’ Sullivan said. “There’s a World War I monument there people hardly know exists.’’
Renovation plans call for planting new flowers and shrubs, cleaning…