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White Plains Park Could Flower Again As Nature Center, Urban Planner Says

Common Council Member Milagros Lecuona, an urban planner and chairwoman of the Sustainable White Plains Committee, is proposing that the city turn Baldwin Farm on Hall Avenue into a nature center with educational programs.
Common Council Member Milagros Lecuona, an urban planner and chairwoman of the Sustainable White Plains Committee, is proposing that the city turn Baldwin Farm on Hall Avenue into a nature center with educational programs. Photo Credit: Milagros Lecuona/Facebook
Milagros Lecuona, an urban planner and chairwoman of the Sustainable White Plains Committee, provided the city with this rough sketch of a possible nature center at Baldwin Farm, a park on Hall Avenue.
Milagros Lecuona, an urban planner and chairwoman of the Sustainable White Plains Committee, provided the city with this rough sketch of a possible nature center at Baldwin Farm, a park on Hall Avenue. Photo Credit: Milagros Lecuona

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A former farm may spring back to life as a nature center if White Plains can find enough funds to plow back into it, says a report by lohud.com.

Baldwin Farm, a nearly 19-acre site on Hall Avenue, was bought by the city for a park in the early 1970s, but has been largely undeveloped except for several dozen community gardens, lohud.com reported.

Urban planner Milagros Lecuona, a member of the city's Common Council and the head of the Sustainable White Plains Committee, has proposed turning the park into an educational nature center and the city itself has been looking at ways of returning the land to some sort of agricultural use, according to the lohud.com report.

While officials decide which way to go and where to get the money, the city has hired a beekeeper to maintain hives at the park and Woodcrest Heights families are planning to launch an egg cooperative there in the spring, the lohud.com article said.

Folks participating in egg cooperatives feed and care for hens in exchange for fresh eggs and a taste of farm life.

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