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Tusten Plans Multi-Generational Park

UDC Technical Assistance Grant Project

(Photo courtesy of Isabel Braverman, The River Reporter)

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council approved a $1,980 payment to the Town of Tusten, NY to mark the successful completion of its 2016 Technical Assistance Grant project to develop a Tusten Multi-Generational Park Plan.

An eight-member citizen’s committee was formed in late 2015 to work with consulting architect Buck Moorhead to develop a concept to convert a youth-oriented playground located on “the Flats” in the Hamlet of Narrowsburg into a multi-generational park.

The committee met six times from December 2015 through March 2016, including a well-attended public comment session on Feb. 24.

The Tusten Town Board, which also provided funding for this project along with Sullivan Renaissance, approved the plan at its May 10, 2016 meeting.

The objective of the Multi-Generational Park is to address a community-wide need for passive and active recreational opportunities. The plan involves modifying and improving the existing public space for people of all ages to enjoy.

Potential new features to be phased in over time include adding walking paths, a water fountain and handicapped-accessible porta-potty, shade trees, new playground equipment, horseshoe, soccer and volleyball areas, a splash pad water feature, and a flood-resistant pavilion.

Tusten’s effort is the first to be completed of the 10 Fiscal Year 2016 Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) totaling $35,000 that the UDC awarded on Oct. 1, 2015. The deadline for all project completions is August 22, 2016.

Since its inception in 1988, the UDC has awarded a cumulative total of $809,325 to fund 240 projects through the TAG program.

The grants are available competitively to the UDC’s 13 member towns and townships, and five encompassing county governments in NY and PA, for non-construction projects that address goals and needs identified in the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.

TAG applications for the Fiscal Year 2017 round are due by Monday, August 29, 2016.

For guidelines and a directory of projects accomplished under the Technical Assistance Grants program, please visit Contact UDC Resource Specialist Pete Golod at (845) 252-3022 or with any questions.


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