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Pavilion Planned for Ossining's Nelson Park

The village of Ossining is planning on putting in a pavilion and fountain at Nelson Park, while also replacing some trees there downed by storms.

"Nelson Park is a very heavily used park with tennis courts and basketball courts and there is no shaded or somewhat protected area there for people to sit down," said Mayor William Hanauer.

Construction on the pavilion and fountain should start by the end of the summer, Hanauer said.

A Community Development Block Grant application for $17,500 was approved by the Ossining Board of Trustees last night to improve Nelson Park. The village plans to match the grant, which comes from the county's portion of the federal goverment's Housing and Urban Development fund, with another $17,500 from village resources..

"I think it'll be pretty, it'll be nice," said resident Rachel Simon who is the president of the Ossining High School Parent Teacher Association. "And with the Memorial Day parade coming up, it's respectful for those elderly men who are veterans who now have to stand in the hot sun."

Also approved last night was a CDBG application for $1 million to replace water main pipes around Hunter Street and Central Avenue in Ossining. The grant will be matched with $2,200,000 in village funds for a total cost of $3,200,000.

"In old mains, there is a build up of minerals along the sides of the mains sort of like your arteries get built up with cholesterol. There's nothing dangerous about it, but it affects the taste of the water," Hanauer said.

With the water main replacements, water should taste better for people living in the area, as well as for people in Sing Sing prison, the mayor said.

The approval of the CDBG grant applications by trustees was the last step in a three-year grant application process. The county had already approved the Nelson Park and water main projects, and with the approval by trustees, "that means it's going to happen," the mayor said.

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