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Heuvelton opens a new park

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HEUVELTON – The village, in a partnership with Brookfield Renewable Energy, opened a new park along the Oswegatchie River Wednesday.

The park, located at the intersection of Water Street and State Street, was created on land leased to the village by Brookfield.

A $7,500 donation to the village paid for the six benches, 13 plantings and two garbage receptacles that have been added to the site.

Mayor Barbara A. Lashua said the village can’t officially name the park because the property is owned by Brookfield. However, she has been calling it “Brookfield Park.”

“I think it’s fitting,” she said.

This will be the third park in the village. The others are Murdock Park and Fireman’s Park.

“This is a perfect example of a municipality and a corporation holding hands on a project,” Ms. Lashua said at Wednesday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

Jon D. Elmer, general manager of Brookfield’s New York West Operations, said donations like this are “part of being a good neighbor.”

Brookfield manages roughly 30 hydroelectric projects in St. Lawrence County.

The new park overlooks the Oswegatchie River and is in the heart of downtown.

Ms. Lashua said she thinks projects like this help make Heuvelton’s downtown aesthetically pleasing, encouraging people to spend more time there.

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