North White Plains Trail Gets Kiosk, $20,000 Grant

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Pictured are Kathy O’Connor, Joanne Fernandez, Jane Solnick, Danniela Ciatto, Patricia Mulqueen and Joseph Stout.
Pictured are Kathy O’Connor, Joanne Fernandez, Jane Solnick, Danniela Ciatto, Patricia Mulqueen and Joseph Stout. Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Westchester County

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Friends of Westchester County Parks recently unveiled an informational kiosk at Cranberry Lake Preserve in North White Plains.

A $20,000 grant from Con Edison was also given in a presentation involving Joseph Stout, executive director of Friends of Westchester County Parks; Kevin Plunkett, Westchester deputy county executive; and Jane Solnick, Con Edison’s Westchester director of public affairs. The grant will fund promotion of the Friends of Parks’ trail and the environmental awareness program.
With new informative signs at the Cranberry Lake Preserve, hikers will find it easier to find and navigate the trails at the park. All the trails will also be marked with color-coded signs.
“Once again, the generous support from Con Edison has made it possible to continue our goal to create a standard feature in our county’s parks that help all its visitors,” Stout said. “Studies have found that park kiosks not only provide information but serve as a focal point at trailheads where hikers can meet and plan their walks.”
Con Edison also donated money to the parks program for trail promotion and environmental awareness efforts last year. At that time, a kiosk was placed in Saxon Woods Park in Scarsdale.
“We have a strong commitment to the environment at Con Edison and understand the need to support local projects,” Solnick explained. “Friends of Parks have been a particularly effective group to work with. We hope that our partnership with Friends of Parks in this project serves to stimulate additional corporate sponsors.”
Cranberry Lake Preserve includes 190 acres of forest, a lake, vernal pools, cliffs, swampland and more. 
Overall, Friends of Westchester County Parks is involved in preservation, conservation and use of 18,000 acres. 
To make a donation or learn more about the organization, visit the website at friendsofwestchesterparks.com.

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