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Onatru to get lawn, garden upgrades

The town-owned Onatru Farm Park on Elmwood Road in Lewisboro hamlet will be getting a new coordinated plan for plantings and use of the area around the vintage white farmhouse.

The area contains lawns and gardens that have been under the care of the Lewisboro Garden Club.

“There are lots of ideas for plantings now floating around,” Town Supervisor Peter Parsons said at the Town Board meeting Tuesday night, “but we now need some guidelines.”

Coordination needed

Town officials agreed, saying the Garden Club should consult with other town groups in a coordinated effort to create a single plan. Town Board member Peter DeLucia said the group also needed to look at any deed restrictions that might exist.

His fellow board member Frank Kelly agreed, saying any plan should maintain the farm character desired by Onatru property donor Alice Lane Poor.

Mr. Parsons said that “there are still people in town that knew her, and whatever we do should reflect her and her wishes.”

Ms. Poor donated Onatru to the town of Lewisboro more than two decades ago. The town has since constructed soccer fields and tennis courts on the large property but has been careful to maintain the original rural farmhouse “viewscape” as seen from Elmwood Road.

“This is a town park, so we have to get several groups involved, including PRAC [Parks & Recreation Advisory Council],” Mr. DeLucia said. “Maybe the Garden Club could come to a PRAC meeting.”

Mr. Parsons said he would ask the Garden Club and PRAC to work with the town’s open space, sustainability and ADA committees, along with the town Maintenance Department, to “come up with some guidelines that make sense.”

Mr. DeLucia suggested that town historian Maureen Koehl also be involved, and the board concurred.

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  • Lewis Boro

    Mr. Parsons said he would ask the Garden Club and PRAC to work with the town’s open space, sustainability and ADA committees, along with the town Maintenance Department, to “come up with some guidelines that make sense.”

    Mr. Supervisor I know you mean well. After reading that I thought of the maxim that a camel is a horse designed by committee.

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