A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Tuesday to mark the re-opening of Sagamore park to the residents of Bronxville and beyond after the park had been closed for the spring and summer months for a full make-over.
Many improvements were made to the park, including the refurbishment of playground equipment, replacing hard playground surfaces with safety fiber mulch, and additional plantings throughout the park.
A system of ADA compliant paths and railings will now provide entry to the park, making it accessible for people with disabilities.
"One of the largest changes that I'm proud of is the accessibility with new ramps, new railings and entryway," said Rocco Circosta, DPW superintendent in Bronxville.
The project was made possible by a $175,000 state grant secured by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who was pleased to see the final completion of the park and stated that, “I am very happy that Sagamore Park is now accessible to everyone in the community and the beautification of the grounds and updates to the playground make it a safer and more enjoyable place for children to play.”
"In my opinion, the park has become much more kid friendly," she added.
The Village of Bronxville collaborated with members of the public to decide on the new designs for the park and began construction at the end of March.
“We could not have refurbished Sagamore Park without the grant that Assemblywoman Paulin secured from the state,” said Mayor Mary Marvin who continued that, “the park is a beautiful village resource used by hundreds of children everyday and enjoyed by people from surrounding communities.”
Mayor Marvin added that Sagamore Park is the only park open to the public everyday and is the only place for families to go in the village durring school hours.
"Between the hours of 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., children will now have their village park back and a place to play," said Marvin.