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Who’s in charge of the Sunset Arboretum?

June 22, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

I am writing to find out if anyone knows who is in charge of the Sunset Arboretum which borders, Sunset, Fairview, and Olive Streets. This arboretum used to be a wonderful place to take children to walk the paths, cross over the bridges, or just sit on the log bench. The last few years, no one has maintained this park and it is fast becoming overgrown and swampy, which is an invitation for the black flies to live and propagate.

Recently, a Boy Scout troop dragged a sofa and a mattress out of this area, along with a lot of garbage. I live by this arboretum and I used to see many people walk the paths and enjoy the various trees and plant life. I never see people come to walk the paths now because trees have fallen across them and the underbrush is overtaking them.

Those of us who live around this park are saddened to see that no one maintains the area anymore. The grass around it grows very high, people let their dogs leave droppings and don't pick it up, and school kids throw their litter in the high grass.

This park was donated to the VIS in 1924 by the Jenkins family. Work started in 1968 to turn this park into an arboretum. Over the years additional work has been done on this park to maintain it. I used to see Paul Smiths College forestry students there every fall cutting down trees, repairing the bridges and clearing the trials. Someone used to cut the grass around it every summer and it looked very nice. The last few years no one takes care of this area and it is showing its neglect.

I am hoping that my letter will invite the people in charge of this park to want to clear up this area and make it an inviting place to go for nature walks again.

Barbara J. Skiff

Saranac Lake



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