Officials from Spring Valley and the wider community this morning dedicated the new Jay Street park, located at the intersection of Jay and Division streets in Spring Valley.
Among officials in attendance from Spring Valley were: Mayor George Darden, Village Attorney Bruce Levine, Deputy Village Attorney Ryan Karben, Community Development Director Rita Grayson, Trustee Anthony Leon, Deputy Section 8 Director Brendel Logan, Acting Department of Public Works Head Neil Vitiello and Zoning Board of Appeals member Moshe Hopstein.
Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef, Orangetown Supervisor Thom Kleiner, Clarkstown Town Clerk David Carlucci, County Legislator William Darden and Rockland’s Community Development Director Joe Abate also were present, along with other local leaders and area residents.
Sitting on about ¼ of a acre of land that the village acquired from Rockland County, the park — designed for children aged 2 to 5 years old — was constructed for about $220,000.
The money was furnished through a grant from Rockland County, Grayson said.
“There was nothing on that side of the village for young children, so we saw a need and sought the funding for it,” she said, speaking in an interview on Friday. “I think it’s a win-win for everyone.”
(In the photos below, Mayor George Darden addresses those gathered for the dedication, and children enjoy the new park.)
Swings, slides, a see-saw and other colorful playground equipment dominate the park. Flowers, grass and trees are part of the surrounding landscaping. Benches are situated at several spots around the facility.
Merle George, a Spring Valley activist who attended the dedication, especially liked that soft, spongy flooring designed to cushion falls covered much of the grounds.
“I think it’s beautiful,” she said of the park.
Concepcion Huerta of Chestnut Ridge was in the area visiting friends. She took her own two children, along with a friend’s two children, to the park and watched as they played happily.
“It’s very nice, beautiful for the kids,” she said.
The park is open from dawn until dusk.