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Conference House Park Pavilion
Sunday, October 20, 2002
No. 128


DATE: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002

TIME: 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Conference House Park Pavilion, Staten Island
(Hylan Boulevard and Satterlee Place)

EVENT & PHOTO-OP: Against Sweeping Backdrops of Raritan Bay, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe Welcomes Borough President James Molinaro, State Senator John Marchi, Congressman Vito Fossella, Council Member Andrew Lanza, and Community Members To Celebrate the Newly-Completed 3,000 Square Foot Pavilion at Conference House Park.

DETAILS: A relaxing spot to read a book or write a masterpiece. A destination for unique music performances. An observation deck for enjoying the views and sounds of Raritan Bay. These are just a few of the possible uses for the brand new 3,000 square foot pavilion which now stands at Conference House Park. The pavilion will be dedicated in honor of Almer G. Russell, a local resident who died in World War I.

Funded with $1.186 million from former Borough President Guy V. Molinari, Parks has built a pavilion modeled after one that existed on the same spot that burned down in the early 1960s. Parks broke ground on this latest Capital Project last May and completed the work this week.

The Conference House and the surrounding 265-acre park have played a significant role in shaping the history of America. It was at Conference House in 1776 that Admiral Lord Howe met with representatives from the colonies including Benjamin Franklin and John Adams in an attempt to broker a peace agreement and prevent the colonies from revolting. The meeting failed, and the war for Independence began.

CONTACT: Eric Adolfsen (212) 360-1311

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