The wild nor’easter that sent waves crashing onto Larchmont’s Manor Park on March 13 left $150,000 to $200,000 in damages to sea walls, walkways, benches and other concrete. That was the preliminary estimate shared with the Larchmont Manor Park Society board on March 22, according to reports from Karin Sherman, the board president.
Unlike other parts of Larchmont, there were no toppled trees. “Due to our tree maintenance program we’ve weeded out incompetent trees and as a result we are thankful for the minimal damage to the vegetation. We lost a few limbs, but no trees.”
After previous storms took out a number of giant trees, the park undertook a tree management program, beginning in 2006.
“However, the surf did enormous damage to the walk-out point” at Manor Beach, reported Ms. Sherman. “In addition, some of the huge rock slabs that abut the seawall and are used as bench seating were uplifted and tossed off their bases in the storm. Can’t image the power that took!”
There was also substantial soil erosion along the edges of the seawalls. Large rocks and debris were deposited many yards in from the edge of the wall at the Park Avenue end of the park, further damaging the landscaping.
In 2004 the Manor Park Society raised over $1 million to fund renovations and create an endowment for long-term capital projects and annual maintenance. Among the anticipated projects were regular repairs to the beach walk-out point, which is particularly vulnerable to winter storms.
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“Every year we budget for repairs for that part of the beach for maintenance, but this year the storm did tremendous damage to the concrete structure on a scale that we have never experienced before,” said Ms. Sherman.
The Manor Park Society is exploring various ways to cover costs of repairs, including an appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In the meantime, it’s also making an appeal to its members and other supporters of the park.
“With springtime here and the warm weather on its way we are anxious to get the park back in order for visitors and the beach repaired for its members,” said Ms. Sherman.