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North Castle Town Board Approves Path For The Disabled At New Gazebo

Architect and Bedford resident John Sullivan speaks at the North Castle Town Board's Jan. 28 meeting. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A photo of mock ups of the four options to make the Armonk gazebo accessible to the physically disabled. The Town Board selected option D, which is pictured to the right. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

ARMONK, N.Y. -- The North Castle Town Board has given its approval to add a walkway for physically disabled visitors to a proposed rebuild of the Wampus Brook Park gazebo in Armonk.

The approved version involves a path with an earthen elevation rise to the structure itself. John Sullivan, an architect involved with the rebuilding project, mentioned a possible five-percent grade difference for the path.

Sullivan, who lives in Bedford, presented four options for accessibility for the physically disabled. The first, called "A," would have involved a switchback ramp and cost about $34,500. The second, known as "B," would have included a lift and cost around $24,500. The third, which was called "C," involved a wraparound ramp surrounding the gazebo on five of its six side. The C option would have cost about $30,000.

The version that the Town Board selected -- the approval was at its Jan. 28 meeting -- was called "D" and was projected to cost about $28,000.

“It’s a walk," Sullivan said about option D. "It doesn’t meet the description of a quote ramp, purposely done."

Prior to the board's approval, Sullivan voiced his personal preference for option D, stating that it is the "most attractive," the "least disruptive" and added that it has the least visual impact on the gazebo itself.

Sullivan suggested that the path could also help with moving concert equipment to the gazebo.

Deputy Supervisor Stephen D'Angelo noted the inclusive use for the path, which would serve people who are handicapped and non-handicapped alike.

“It’s a ramp to be used by anyone.”

Resident Ed Woodyard read a comment from Geri Mariano, who has a disability, thanking the board for responding to her previous input.

Just after the board's unanimous approval of option D, Supervisor Michael Schiliro offered his thanks to Sullivan.

“John, thanks for moving so quickly on this and getting it done,” he said.

The previous gazebo was destroyed last June due to a roof collapse. The gazebo is being rebuilt with the previous design, according to Schiliro, although it will incorporate more modern material and the path.

Options A and B were unveiled previously, according to a recap Sullivan gave, with C and D subsequently being added.

Sullivan is also a member of the Bedford Planning Board, a body that has oversight of local development.

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