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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Conservancy works to bring attention to local parks
Courtesy Rockville Centre Conservancy
Residents came out last weekend for yoga on the Village Green. The classes run every Sunday until the end of June.

For the remaining Sundays in June, Rockville Centre residents may notice a large group of people doing yoga on the Village Green. This is just one of the many programs that the Rockville Centre Conservancy has created for residents.

The Rockville Centre Conservancy is a group dedicated to calling attention to the parks and public spaces within the town.

“We want people to see the resources around them,” said Kathleen Murray, the village’s director at Office of Community Development and the treasurer of the Conservancy.

The group, which was created five years ago by former mayor Mary Bossart, is planning programs for this summer and the upcoming year. Resident Mary Beth Croutier formulated Yoga on the Green after a trip to Rome where she witnessed 300 people doing yoga in front of the ruins.

“It was amazing,” she said. After her trip, she contacted the owners of RVC Yoga in St. Marks Church on Hempstead Avenue to create a similar practice in the village. Along with Sunday yoga, the Conservancy also plans to have speakers at its community garden on Jefferson Avenue, which it created in the spring.

“Now that the vegetation is growing in we would really love to have people come and speak there about topics like organic gardening and pest control,” said Croutier. Murray also stated that the goal of the garden was to get people in touch with the earth as well as building a community of people who enjoy gardening. “This year we connected 16 people with the plots,” Murray said, “next year we may connect 20.”

In the past few months, the Conservancy has also had an Earth Day clean-up at Centennial Park as well as a day of kayaking on Hempstead Lake.

At the clean up, Murray said that volunteers got in touch with the environment as well as made the park more enjoyable for others. The day of kayaking was a peaceful escape from the bustle of the village. One resident said that in the middle of the lake, one would never know they were near a highway of any sort.


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