Although I admire the creativity and loveliness of the renovation plans for Constitution Park submitted by Rivi Oren, I cannot agree with the need for the proposal. This plot was once the last undeveloped parcel of land in the Village of Larchmont and a refuge for a variety small animals and birds. A few years ago the underbrush was cut, trees were felled and the landscape left in an unattractive, forlorn state. It is no wonder that rainfall now creates water cascades and soil runoff onto the sidewalk. Many years ago the Manor Park Society undertook this ill-advised step to clear the underbrush in the park and has since spent much money and effort to restore the natural environment in an ecological balance.
Although the residents of Larchmont have been very generous to past fundraising efforts for the various village projects that needed money outside of tax dollars to complete, I believe that a realistic assessment of future expenses related to maintenance costs would show that the renovation would create a burden to our already overtaxed population. The realistic need or usefulness of this grand and beautiful design I believe does not justify the expense for the project.
Instead, money should be spent for re-landscaping that encourages rich soil flora to improve soil bacteria and fungi necessary for healthy growth of existing and new trees and plants. This will provide opportunities for natural recycling of organic materials leading to spontaneous seedling germination in order to re-establish a natural tree regeneration process. This development will provide nesting opportunities for birds that are an essential link in the dispersion of seeds.
I would urge the Village Board to reconsider the appropriateness of this proposal and redirect the effort to create the sustainable management of a “woodsy,” natural setting in the middle of our village.
President, Larchmont Manor Park Society