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Pelham Approves Plan to Renovate Trotta Park

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Village of Pelham agreed to a conceptual plan to renovate the space between Pelham's Town Hall and the HSBC Bank. The area is now known as Trotta Park in honor of the late and well-liked Pelham resident Joe Trotta.

The board voted to enter into an intermunicipal agreement Tuesday night with the Town of Pelham, which will fund the project.

Ora Berman of Site Insights, a landscape architecture and environmental consulting company, and Trustee Suzan Marciona presented a conceptual plan to the board at the meeting. Berman suggested more greenery in the area to collect water that will run down the slope at the back of the park.

"Vegetation and soil are the best nature has to offer," Berman said.

Berman said the two women knew each other from the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Though Berman is from Freeport, N.Y., she said the board contacted her about three months ago for the project and she will be play a role as it progresses.

The board also passed a motion to approve the conceptual design for the park, but will continue to discuss features, including furniture.

The trustees have heard from residents about Trotta Park in the past. Pelham resident John Cassone implored the board at the July 12 meeting to dedicate the park in Trotta's honor, but said that issues between the Town of Pelham and the Village of Pelham governments halted the process.

"I can see we have a very, very big problem between the town and the village," Cassone said at the July 12 meeting.

The board said Tuesday that the village is happy to work with the Town of Pelham on the project.

What do you think about the proposal to renovate Trotta Park? Do you think more greenery is appropriate? Did you know Joe Trotta? Comment below, on Facebook or Twitter @DailyPelham .

Contact Pelham reporter Andrew Meola at ameola@thedailypelham.com.

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