For 25 years, The Pawling Community Foundation (PCF) has committed to improving the quality of life for all Pawling residents by developing community resources and public spaces, by furthering the community’s economic vitality, and by supporting the arts, cultural activities, tourism and recreation.
In keeping with this promise, in 2016, the PCF hosted Town Hall meetings and surveyed members of the Pawling community regarding what they wanted from Lakeside and Edward R. Murrow Memorial Parks. Based on that feedback, the PCF implemented its latest initiative, “One Community One Park,” a redevelopment plan to revitalize both parks. With the support of the Pawling Town Board, the PCF authorized nationally-known landscape architectural firm LandDesign, Inc. to design the project, headed by Pawling native Matt Clark as lead designer. The PCF’s goal is to execute the venture by raising private donations and securing grants the same way the organization funded the Pawling Village Green project.
The Lakeside enhancement will feature two new athletic fields, improved nature trails, creation of a bonfire point at the lake, and a centralized open space for community events and recreation programs.
The Murrow Park development will include an off-leash dog park, community gardens, and rehabilitation of the natural amphitheater and band shell.
Future plans consist of paths linking Murrow and Lakeside parks, a nature center at Murrow developed in conjunction with potential partner organizations, and demolition of the Donaldson Building. “The Pawling Community Foundation is always looking for new projects that will enhance the vitality of Pawling,” said Michael Cerny, Chair of the Pawling Community Foundation. “The completion of the Village Green was a tremendous achievement for Pawling and the PCF. The success of that initiative roused the interest of the foundation to look for other outdoor space projects that would showcase the natural beauty of our town. We are confident that ‘One Community One Park’ will ensure that Pawling will have active and beautiful parks for years to come and serve as a legacy for future residents.”
The Pawling Community Foundation (PCF), is a 501 (c) (3) organization.