Westchester breaks ground for Healing Garden at Ridge Road Park

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The site of the future Healing Garden

HARTSDALE – September is National Suicide Prevention Month and Westchester County, Wednesday, ceremonially broke ground for The Healing Garden at Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale to help build awareness of suicide prevention, and create a permanent place for reflection for loved ones who ended their lives by suicide.

County Executive George Latimer appointed a committee last year to provide him with recommendations for a memorial site.

“This Healing Garden at Ridge Road Park is going to help with awareness of suicide prevention. It creates a permanent place for the loved ones to be able to remember those that they lost and it’s going to be consisting of a variety of trees and pathways, and benches in a circular shape so that it represents a reflection of our respect for those who we have lost and respect for those who have survived,” he said.

County Commissioner of Parks Kathy O’Connor, said Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale “is the perfect setting for The Healing Garden, as it is centrally located in Westchester and free to access all year-round.”