July 26/27, 2003

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New parkland planned in the Middletown area

An oversight committee of the Orange County Legislature Friday approved moving forward on creating a new park in the Middletown/Town of Wallkill area.

The Physical Services Committee unanimously agreed to ask the county executive to begin talks with the city and town to turn over use of eight acres of county land for development as a park.

For legislator Jeffrey Berkman who proposed the plan four years ago, he is thrilled.

“It identified parcels of property which were surplus county owned lands and I asked for cooperation from city, town and county officials in order to turn over this property for park purposes,” he said. “It’s particular important because of its location, which is easy access for individuals along County Route 78 and California Avenue and it’s across the street from Middletown’s municipal pool and tennis courts and Maple Hill Park.”

The full county legislature must now approve the resolution for the talks to move forward.


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