Ballantine Park: Support an Andes Treasure

Ballantine Park is a little gem of a park in downtown Andes where you can walk along the Tremperskill and listen to its music. We got the following message from Maria Ditchek and Marty Donnelly, who serve as the trustees of the park:

A little history…

Ballantine Park was mostly a marshland accumulating trash and debris.   George Ballantine, owner of the property, envisioned a park for all to enjoy.  He not only conceived the park’s design but did most of the work himself, with the occasional help of volunteers.  Once the park was completed, in 2005, the Town of Andes purchased it through Member Item Funding provided by Senator Bonacic.

How the park is supported…

The maintenance and upkeep of the park is fully funded by donations.  No Town funds are used.  The park is maintained and mowed weekly during the season so that all may enjoy Andes’ special gift.

How you can help!

We need to remove approximately 30 dying trees as they present a hazard to park visitors.  In the spring, we would like to replace as many of these trees as possible.
The two park trustees, Maria Ditchek and Marty Donnelly, would appreciate your donations to this wonderful cause.

Please send your contribution to:
Friends of Ballantine Park
PO Box 205
Andes, NY 13731

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3 Responses to Ballantine Park: Support an Andes Treasure

  1. My husband and I admire the artistic landscaping efforts done by George Ballantine when he created the park. George is an extraordinary artist understands the meaning of light and shade. He understands the vibrations of light. He understood, when he created the park, the importance of a natural landscape here in these Catskill mountains. There was a mood of tranquility as we heard the sounds of small water falls. George was committed to making a beautiful landscape for everyone to enjoy. He had a vision.

    There were events which I was proud to organize and thankful that I had help from members of the community. “Saturday in the Park with George” took place two years in a row. My husband, Doug, donated T shirts. There was a story teller and a woman who taught children how to make dream catchers. There was a Tai Chi master. There was music and dancing. Women from the Andes Methodist participated. They danced to Dr. John!
    Everyone was encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic basket.
    A million thank yous to George Ballantine!

    Brenda Reeser

  2. ……. more from Brenda here. I want to add that later Mike Passafiume from Andes was instrumental in obtaining grant monies in order to have musical events at Ballantine Park. Andes can flourish because of people like Mike who do volunteer work in the community.

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