Sunday, February 3, 2013

Please help fund the Lagoon Park restoration project

Dear Members and Friends of the Canandaigua Botanical Society:

On September 10, 2012, four members of the Canandaigua Botanical Society toured Canandaigua’s Lagoon Park with Jim Engel.  For those who may have not visited Lagoon Park, it is the 34 acre wetlands directly across from Steamboat Landing on Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua.  Walking paths, bridges, fishing platforms, and lookouts are all part of the Lagoon Park.  Unfortunately, as Engel pointed out, a sizable portion of the park has been overtaken by invasive plant species, particularly European Buckthorn.

Two years ago, Engel, the owner of White Oak Nursery in Geneva, asked the City of Canandaigua for permission to restore the natural beauty of the Park by removing the invasive growth and planting flora and trees native to the Finger Lakes such as Spicebush, Nannyberry, and Arrowood Viburnum to name a few.  The City gave Engel permission to proceed on the project, but no funding.

The work to restore the Park will cost approximately seven to ten thousand dollars and will be completed by the fall of 2013.  Engel has already begun removing the Buckthorn.  In September, the Canandaigua Botanical Society donated $300 toward the project.  The Canandaigua Watershed Association is also very much in favor of this project and at a recent meeting, agreed to match our $300.  More importantly, said they would encourage more donations by individuals and organizations with a matching fund of $3000.   At our last CBS meeting at Finger Lakes Community College, those present voted unanimously to send a letter to all members and friends of the CBS asking for individual contributions.

Imagine the Lagoon Park restored to its original beauty and welcoming presence, not just to all who walk its paths, but to the native insects, birds, and wildlife that will be attracted back to the park by this restoration.

You can help accomplish this goal and take advantage of The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association’s generous matching offer by making a contribution today. 

Checks should be made out to the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association.  Note on the check that the donation is for the Lagoon Park Project.  All contributions are fully tax deductable.  Send your contribution to Canandiagua Lakefront Association at 493 South Main Street, Canandaigua NY 14424.

If you have any questions, you can call Peggy Kane (thirty nine 4 7616) or Bill Bross (sixty one 5 6255)

Take a walk around the Lagoon Park and we think you will want to support the Lagoon Park restoration!

Peggy Kane and Bill Bross
Co-Presidents of the Canandaigua Botanical Society. 

                                           These photos taken at our August 2010 tour of Lagoon Park

Canandaigua Botanical Society - Established 1874
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