Parking Lot Expansion and Grounds Enhancements - Spring 2017

      The Library is delighted to announce several projects being undertaken to make visits to the Library more convenient and safe, while also making the grounds more inviting and useful.  Funding for the projects will come solely from a $157,333 grant from the New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program and from the Library’s capital reserves.  No additional funding was included in the 2017-2018 tax levy vote of April 4, 2017. 

      Perhaps most important to library users is the expansion of the parking lot, in partnership with the Village of Warwick.  The expansion will more than double the size of the existing parking lot.  A construction manager will be on-site to minimize disruption to library users.  Nonetheless, occasionally some parking spaces in the lower parking lot will be inaccessible. Library staff members will be encouraged to carpool or walk to the Library, and patrons are encouraged to do likewise when and if possible.  Extra care and caution will be necessary for the duration of construction, anticipated to begin in early May.

      Simultaneous with the parking lot expansion, the outdoor grounds behind the library building will be enhanced as well.  A 70’ patio will be installed along the wall for seating, concerts and other outdoor performances.   The grounds will be terraced for audience seating. 

      Finally, access to the grounds will be improved by the addition of two new walkways.  A grass path with solar lighting will extend from the back of the new parking lot to the back of the building, offering a safe and more enjoyable route for walkers.   In addition, a handicap-accessible paved sidewalk will be installed, extending  from the sidewalk on McFarland Drive to the existing concrete pad behind the building. 

     As with any such projects, occasional inconveniences are to be anticipated.  We thank all our library patrons for their patience while we make the Library an even more accessible, safe and welcoming place to meet, to learn and to discover.

    If you have any questions about these projects, please call Rosemary Cooper at the Library at (845) 986-1047, ext. 6.