BETHEL, NY — For the 19th year in a row, Sullivan Renaissance bestowed awards to community groups and volunteers for their work in beautifying the …
BETHEL, NY — For the 19th year in a row, Sullivan Renaissance bestowed awards to community groups and volunteers for their work in beautifying the county. The event took place at the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, and involved dozens of Renaissance projects throughout the county.
The top prize, a $250,000 grant secured by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, was awarded to the Town of Thompson for its participation in the Municipal Partnership Program. The town completed a variety of projects, including the installation of new welcome signs and banners, and a new trailhead for the town’s Healthy Heart Trail. As part of the program, the town also continued with the removal of unsafe structures, taking down a total of 80 since 2016.
Town of Thompson supervisor Bill Rieber said his town was near the end of a four-year run in the Partnership Program. “I can’t stress the amount of effect that this program and the entire 19 years of Sullivan Renaissance has had on this region,” he said. “It’s a gift that’s going to last for generations to come. They’ve trained hundreds of kids to get up here and speak, to work, to plant flowers. To learn what it’s like to be part of a community. The energizing of municipal employees and residents alike to get people to get things done in every town in this county… it all makes a difference and has a great impact.”
The Town of Delaware was the winner of the Silver Feather Award worth $75,000 for various projects, including improvements at Callicoon Creek Park to facilitate expansion of the farmers’ market.
The Village of Woodridge won a $25,000 award for its beautification and planning work, including alternative routing of the O&W rail trail and installation of new trail signage.
A $25,000 award also went to the Town of Mamakating for various projects, including a healthy-community effort and improvements to a rail trial.
Another award of $25,000 went to the Town of Neversink for its upgrades to Bicentennial Park and making it more accessible. Neversink also took home a $10,000 award for environmental stewardship.
Sullivan Renaissance awarded a total of nearly $500,000 at the ceremony.