The Village of West Haverstraw, in partnership with the Rockland County Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play initiative, broke ground on a multi-generational activity space at Peck’s Pond, 130 Samsondale Avenue, in West Haverstraw on Monday, April 16.
The new space at Peck’s Pond will offer residents of all ages a new place in the village to get moving and live a more active life. This summer, two Americorps members will be helping to build the activity space, promote its use, and educate village residents about it.
The village received funding from the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play initiative and hired Follow the Child, a Nyack company, to design and plan the space at Peck’s Pond. The village received an additional $500 from the Rockland County Soil and Water Conservation District to buy native plants for a rain garden in this space.
“The goal of the initiative is to create policy, systems, and environmental changes which increase physical activity and access to and consumption of healthy foods. Our staff, together with municipalities, child care facilities, restaurants, worksites and community partners, work to create programs to prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, to make Rockland a healthier place to live, work and play,” said Dr. Joan Facelle, Rockland County Commissioner of Health.