Town Personnel, Local Volunteers Beautify Grounds of Brookwood Hall

Islip, NY – Hundreds of volunteers from businesses, non-profit organizations and community groups gathered on the grounds of Brookwood Hall in East Islip for the 2016 Brookwood Hall Gardening Day. This effort, led by the Brookwood Hall Restoration Committee, will help restore the landscape of the Brookwood Hall grounds to a close approximation of its former glory. Keep Islip Clean (KIC), Youth Enrichment Services, local Chambers of Commerce and other dedicated residents worked from dawn until late afternoon planting hundreds of trees, bushes and evergreens. The result is a majestic esplanade.

“Brookwood Hall is a local treasure, and the Town of Islip and these hundreds of volunteers understand how important it is to beautify and maintain this property,” said Councilman Steve Flotteron, who spearheaded the beautification and gardening project. “With Earth Day on Friday, this was an appropriate time to improve one of Islip’s most majestic outdoor spaces.”

“The outpouring of support for this project from the community is remarkable,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “We have a responsibility to preserve this property so future generations of Islip residents can continue to enjoy this cultural landmark.”

Local landscaping and construction firms donated their time and expertise to today’s work. These businesses included Quintal Landscape and Contract, Brightwaters Farms, Barrasso Masonry, Royal Star Landscaping, Giaquinto Masonry, Graham and Associates, and Byrne Irrigation. Their contributions of labor, equipment and material totaled roughly $500,000.

In addition to local small businesses, several corporations also donated supplies and manpower. PSEG, Cablevision and Citibank all contributed in meaningful ways to this project.