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Larchmont Residents Reach Goal for Park Renovation

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – A combination of two fundraisers Tuesday night and online donations put the Pine Brook Association (PBA) over its goal of $40,000 for the renovation of Pine Brook Park, said Ralph Engel, a member of the neighborhood group.

Ann Taylor, on 1919 Palmer Ave., and Homemade Pizza Company, on 1939 Palmer Ave., hosted fundraisers for the park renovation. Engel said approximately $250 was raised by Ann Taylor, but didn't have the amount raised at Homemade Pizza Company.

Additionally, $500 was donated through the PBA website over the past 10 days.

"That's the end of the fundraising, the goal has been hit," Engel said. "It's now time to order the equipment and get the park done by summer."

The proposed renovation would add two sand digger toys, one of which is handicap accessible, ride-on bouncers, which will look like a chipmunk and a duck, a seesaw, a large sandbox, a three-part choo-choo wooden train and a multi-part pirate ship.

Since the Village of Larchmont owns the park, the money raised will be submitted as a donation so the village can then purchase the equipment. Monday, members of the Larchmont Board of Trustees said they plan to put in the order soon.

Trustee Peter Fanelli, who newly elected Mayor Anne McAndrews appointed as liaison to the PBA, will meet with Engel Friday afternoon to discuss the timeline.

"The hope is to have it by the time the summer season comes so if the kids want to play there they have a park to play in,” Engel said.

This will be the third renovation of the park, located at the corner of Pine Brook Drive and Palmer Avenue, in about 35 years.

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