The Gardens are currently closed until April, 2017.


GPS:  251 Floral Parkway

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Centennial Gardens and Bird Sanctuary



The Floral Park Recreation Center and the Floral Park Conservation Society

invite you to join us at Centennial Gardens and Bird Sanctuary.  If you are an expert at gardening or barely know

anything about flowers or birds, come join us as we have a spot for you. 

The Floral Park Conservation Society is always looking for people with a trade,

a unique vocation, and all types of workers willing to lend a hand. 

The Floral Park Conservation Society is a non-profit organization formed

 to provide a service to the community.  Anyone who truly cares to make a difference should volunteer.

Our own little ecosystem provides habitats and food sources for birds and animals.

It offers suitable mini-climates for other plants that could otherwise be absent from the area.

Centennial Gardens and Bird Sanctuary increases a sense of community ownership which leads to our Village's identity

and spirit.  It is a place to retreat from the noise and commotion of everyday life.  Getting outdoors

and working in the fresh air at the gardens brings you back to nature.

Please help us plant, rake, dig and grow.  Whether you donate your time or donate bird seed, every bit counts.

 

Thank you to AHRC for helping clean up Centennial Gardens!

      

        

    

 

BIRDS OF CENTENNIAL GARDENS
Click here for the Birds of the Gardens Booklet.

        



      



 

       

        
 

The History

                The 12-acre parcel of land has serviced the residents of the Village of Floral Park for over 70 years as an active storm basin (or ‘sump’ as some refer to it).  During these decades of service, the Nassau County Storm Basin #120 collected storm waters in its primary, secondary, and tertiary basins before passing excess water further down the system to a basin in Elmont. The water table dropped about 9 feet with the placement of storm sewers in the Floral Park area in the late ‘50’s thereby reducing the amount of water generally flowing into the storm basin.  Thus, most of the basin is not needed for today’s storms.

 The Village Considers the Future

       Determining the future of the basin took nearly two years, but a committee of residents living nearby recommended the use of the basin area as a passive recreational area that would capitalize on the trees and birds already in place. In considering the possibilities, it was noted that other communities, including nearby Garden City and Hofstra University, had converted a portion of a storm basin into a bird sanctuary and special planting area.  Thus, with the support of over 90% of the residents in the area, the Village initiated negotiations with Nassau County for use of the facility.  Negotiations took nearly two years, but the Nassau County Legislature finally approved a renewable, thirty-year lease with the Village of Floral Park.  With a lease of this duration, the village has the incentives to make the positive capital improvements necessary to develop the storm basin into an attractive passive recreation area.

Floral Park Conservation Society (FPCS)

                 The Floral Park Recreation Center and the Floral Park Conservation Society invite you to join us at Centennial Gardens and Bird Sanctuary.  If you are an expert at gardening or barely know anything about flowers or birds, come join us as we have a spot for you.  The Floral Park Conservation Society is always looking for people with a trade, a unique vocation, and all types of workers willing to lend a hand.  The Floral Park Conservation Society is a non-profit organization formed to provide a service to the community.  Anyone who truly cares to make a difference should volunteer. 

                  Our own little ecosystem provides habitats and food sources for birds and animals.  It offers suitable mini-climates for other plants that could otherwise be absent from the area.  Centennial Gardens and Bird Sanctuary increases a sense of community ownership which leads to our Village's identity and spirit.  It is a place to retreat from the noise and commotion of everyday life.  Getting outdoors and working in the fresh air at the gardens brings you back to nature.

                   Please help us plant, rake, dig and grow.  Whether you donate your time or donate bird seed, every bit counts.
 

FPCS Activity

            Once the Village completed the critical task of removing the chain link fence and locating a new more decorative fence 20-feet closer to the curb, the FPCS began the process of transforming the debris-strewn storm basin and teen hangout into a future passive recreation park. 

*Over 100 damaged and poor quality trees were removed in the area near the perimeter path.

            *The Village’s Public Works crew constructed the ˝ mile pathway adjacent to the fence for walking and jogging.  The pathway will be the site of extensive and diverse plantings.

            *Over 100 truckloads of broken glass and debris were picked up by the hundreds of volunteers who came to FPCS clean-up days.

            *In the year 2000, the FPCS received the designation as a White House ‘Millennium Trail’ for the new trail that was installed as part of the jogging and walking path. 
             
Additionally, the FPCS received a Kodak Award grant of $2,000 for planning the project and achieving educational objectives. 

            *The FPCS became a member of the Wildlife Habitat Council in September of 2000.  
             
A biologist from the WHC visited the site and prepared a master plan that incorporates many desirable improvements in the area.

            *On October 28th, 2000, the Village officially named the area “Centennial Gardens & Bird Sanctuary” in a moving dedication ceremony.

            *The development of a wildflower meadow, over 100 feet in length and width, has been completed and will be supplemented each fall and spring.

 

 



 

 

 

 

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