SOMERS, N.Y. – The Bailey Park gazebo has been restored to its former glory, thanks to the help of many generous donors.
The half-century-old gazebo, located at Bailey Park, is owned and maintained by the town of Somers. After falling into disrepair over the last few years, the town recruited local businesses and individuals who stepped up to the plate and restored it at little cost to the town.
“They saved us a ton of money,” said Councilman Anthony Cirieco. “They did a wonderful job.”
Steve Ralston, superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Department, said the project came in at about half of the town’s $8,000 budget.
Those who donated labor and materials were: Emil Antonaccio, Chuck Dammeyer, Kerins Electric, North County Electric, Heritage Management Services LLC, A&V Home Improvement, Gabriel Painting, and Il Forno Restaurant. Parks and Recreation and Highway Department staff also worked on the project.
Ralston said concerts were once held at Bailey Park, which was donated to the town of Somers in 1961 by a descendant of Hachaliah Bailey, but most town concerts now take place at Reis Park. Supervisor Rick Morrissey thanked the volunteers and said the Parks and Recreation Commission has had talks about reintroducing concerts to the park.
“What you see over there in that park looks like a brand new gazebo,” Morrissey said. “The amount of work that has gone into that project is unbelievable.”
Ralston said the restoration is not entirely complete, and that benches will be installed around the interior perimeter of the gazebo. He said Bailey Park is frequently used for St. Luke’s Church events, the YMCA Halloween Parade, and other community gatherings.