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New Private Park Dedicated For Public Use In Downtown White Plains

Dedicating a new park in downtown White Plains are, from left, Common Council members John Martin, Milagros Lecuona and John Kirkpatrick; Mayor Thomas Roach; Louis Cappelli, the Rev. Richard A. Kunz and Walter Simon, senior warden of Grace Church. Photo Credit: Contributed/John Vecchiolla
The new park, looking toward Grace Church in downtown White Plains. Photo Credit: Contributed/John Vecchiolla

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- White Plains elected officials joined developers on Thursday in dedicating the first privately-owned park with public access in Westchester County.

Louis Cappelli, president of the Cappelli Organization, ,joined White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, members of the Common Council and the Rev. Richard A. Kunz of Grace Church on Thursday to celebrate a new park built by Cappelli in the heart of downtown White Plains.

The 11,000-square-foot park is located at Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street between Grace Church and Cappelli’s Renaissance Square development which includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester.

The RItz owns the park, which hasn't been named yet.

“This is the last piece of the puzzle in our redevelopment of downtown White Plains which began with City Center and concluded with Renaissance Square,” Cappelli said. “The final piece was to beautify the area and to create a dynamic park in the heart of the city that is accessible to the public. This fulfills our vision and the city’s vision of an ideal urban setting, and is an important focal point connecting the historic Grace Church with the contemporary Ritz-Carlton brand."

Cappelli said his company, city of White Plains officials and Grace Church worked together on the park’s design for over a year, resulting in a modern park that complements the popular plaza and fountain across Main Street which Cappelli built as part of the City Center complex.The park includes plantings and trees highlighted by stone pavers, benches and a waterfall illuminated at night.

“I am pleased that this park is complete and can now be enjoyed by the public,” Mayor Roach said. “Its design and features complement Renaissance Plaza across the street, which has become a focal point in our vibrant downtown.”

Rev. Kunz, rector of Grace Church, gave a blessing. “We are pleased to have this park open as Grace Church celebrates the 150th anniversary of our present building,” he said. “We think the plaza adds to the sense of openness and welcome here in the heart of White Plains.”

Cappelli added, “The puzzle is now complete. This new park is a testament to the public and private sectors working together and creating an incredibly beautiful space for everyone to enjoy.”

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