From contamination ...to a source of pride

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SAXTONS RIVER — The village of Saxtons River will celebrate the clean up of a contaminated site and the creation of a park that replaces it on Tuesday, Oct. 22, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The Village Trustees and the Park Planning Committee are inviting anyone who lives in the village, passes through it or has any connection to it to gather at the park on Main Street for a celebration, followed by refreshments at the Saxtons River Historical Society museum across the street, where there will be a display of the history of the former mill site.

The event happens rain or shine.

Planning for the park began in 2000, and it was completed this fall with the aid of a brownfields remediation grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as grants from the Windham Foundation, the Vermont BGS Building Communities Program and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, as well as gifts from the Bellows Falls Woman's Club, the Saxtons River Nature Club and donations in memory of former trustee and park advocate

Ryan Ostebo.

Design and construction collaborators were Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, LE Environmental, Terrigenous Landscape Architecture, Adams Trucking and Excavating, Springfield Fence Company and Hartgen Archaeological Associates, Inc.

More information about the park is available on Facebook or at www.saxtonsriverpark.org.

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