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Posted on: July 20, 2018

Cultural & Recreational Opportunities Expand with Help from County Monies


For Immediate Release:

July 19, 2018

Cultural & Recreational Opportunities Expand with Help from County Monies 

Round 2 of Plans & Progress Program Awards 

More Than $38,000 to 8 Projects Countywide  

Monticello, NY – A total of $38,864 has been awarded to eight organizations across Sullivan County for a variety of projects involving recreation, historic preservation, and the arts. This money will leverage over $80,000 in total project costs.

This is on top of more than $61,000 in awards from the Plans & Progress Program’s first round in May, meaning the $100,000 allocated for 2018 has been completely subscribed, and applications will no longer be accepted.

“We received upwards of $200,000 in requests this year, far more than ever before,” noted District 9 Legislator Alan Sorensen, who chairs the Legislature’s Planning Committee. “Having brought this idea forward to my colleagues two years ago, I am thrilled with the success of Plans & Progress, as it demonstrates the need for and value of County investment in community initiatives.”

Awards include:

  • $3,900 to Delaware Valley Arts Alliance to begin the first phase of a rebranding campaign which will result in a redesigned name and logo.
  • $600 to Delaware Valley Opera to purchase a portable lighting system for performances across the County. The system will first be used in DVO’s River Revels series this upcoming winter season.
  • $7,320 to the Mamakating Little League to construct a new juniors field and renovate the existing concession stand in Wurtsboro.
  • $7,000 to Theatrical Arts at Forestburgh to assist with the inaugural Forestburgh Playhouse Spring Break Musical Theater Intensive program in Spring 2019.
  • $3,225 to the Town of Lumberland to restore and update the Town’s veterans’ memorial, including the installation of three new bronze plaques and the repointing of the steps.
  • $10,000 to the Town of Mamakating to enhance and expand the Mamakating Environmental Education & Interpretive Center. The Town will be converting the existing garage into a new classroom, lighting the entry signs, purchasing additional educational materials, and installing an irrigation system to support existing and future gardens.
  • $1,492 to the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce to retrofit the decorative streetlamps along Main Street with energy-efficient LED lights.
  • $5,147 to Twin Bridge Play School to make several necessary repairs and upgrades to their facility in Liberty, including deck repairs, door replacement, and the installation of a new UV filtration system.

For more information, contact Shannon Cilento at or call (845) 807-0529.

CAPTION: The interior of the historic Parish House in Forestburgh, the former rectory for St. Thomas Aquinas Church, which will house the Forestburgh Playhouse Spring Break Musical Theater Intensive Program in Spring 2019.


CAPTION: The Mamakating Environmental Education & Interpretive Center will see a new classroom and other improvements as a result of a $10,000 Plans & Progress award.  

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