Safe Harbor Green urban park launched in Newburgh

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NEWBURGH – The half-acre passive urban park in downtown Newburgh was officially announced on Wednesday.
The property, adjacent to the Safe Harbor of the Hudson Cornerstone Residence supportive housing and the arts, is a short distance from Newburgh City Hall.
Groundbreaking for the park is expected in the spring with completion in the fall.
Safe Harbors’ Executive Director Lisa Silverstone said despite the location of their residential building and the soon-to-be built park, in the city’s east end, she does not anticipate any problems of loitering or vandalism.
“We have absolutely zero problems in our building,” Silverstone said.  “We have beautiful public artwork all over the building. We put out flower boxes. We put out holiday trees. Nobody messes with the building and there is really not a problem with any of the activity around our building.  I think if you bring something beautiful to the community and you respect the community, you get that respect back.”
The organization paid $246,000 for the half-acre for the park, which will cost another $250,000 to develop. Safe Harbors has raised $212,000 so far in a capital campaign to finance the project.