Garden club and conservancy to partner

Greenwich Point is about to get even more scenic, with the restoration and rehabilitation of the Old Barn gateway, a landmark dating back to 1887.

Two local organizations, the Green Fingers Garden Club and the Greenwich Point Conservancy are partnering on the landscaping aspects of the conservancy’s Gateway Restoration Project at Greenwich Point. A new pick-up and drop-off will be created, with both featuring beautiful naturalist-style landscaping. The organizations hope to enhance and reflect the natural beauty of Greenwich Point.

The Gateway Restoration Project will include the restoration of the Old Barn, previously known as the north concession building, which was damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The plan also involves the creation a new dining “pavilion” and large deck on the beach side of the building.

The restored Old Barn will include space for lifeguards, a food concession and new restrooms. The 1950’s-era brick restroom building adjacent to the Old Barn will be demolished and replaced with a landscaped area, and the center section of the Old Barn will be “opened up,” which will spotlight picturesque ocean views.

The new pick-up and drop-off area will be located at the present location of the parking lot adjacent to the Old Barn, and will be bordered by landscaped areas on each side. This change will also provide dramatic and enhanced views of the Long Island Sound beyond the existing historic stone walls located there.

Green Fingers and the conservancy have created a joint project team to spearhead the landscape plan for the Gateway Project. The Green Fingers team includes several members who were instrumental in originating the joint project, including Kirby Williams, Sarah Morena, and Karen Royce, as well as Green Fingers President Diana Samponaro and club members Jane Marsh, chairman of the Civic Improvement Committee, Anne Bourne, Debbie Sterling and Marie Woodburn. Board members Suzanne Prunier and Peter Grunow also serve on the joint project team.

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