FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2017
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Town Begins Using Quieter Equipment at Clark Botanic Garden; Reduces Noise & Air Pollution
North Hempstead, NY – Nothing can destroy the serenity of a peaceful stroll through a garden than the roar of gas-powered leaf blowers spewing air pollution and noise. That’s why Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, the Town Board and the Parks and Recreation Department are pleased to announce a new initiative that uses “quiet equipment” at Clark Botanic Garden to help reduce noise and air pollution. The “quiet equipment” utilizes quieter battery-operated leaf blowers, weed whackers and hedge trimmers in place of the standard gas equipment.
“This equipment will reduce noise pollution, as well as gas emissions, and will be beneficial to both visitors of Clark Botanic Garden and the workers operating these machines,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “The tranquil environment at Clark seemed like the perfect place to initiate this new pilot program.”
The electric equipment will help to maintain the peaceful atmosphere of the garden for the guests. The quiet equipment is also beneficial to the environment because it does not emit gas fumes or other pollutants. Gas-powered equipment is a large contributor to pollution.
If successful, the Town plans to continue to purchase additional quiet landscaping equipment for other parks, as replacements as the current equipment ages.
Clark Botanic Garden is located at 193 I.U. Willets Road in Albertson. For more information, please call 311 or visit www.northhempsteadny.gov
Bonnie Klein, North Hempstead Horticulturist, John Darcy, Parks and Recreation Deputy Commissioner, Council Member Lee Seeman, Council Member Peter Zuckerman, Town Clerk Wayne Wink, Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Council Member Angelo Ferrara and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jill Weber at Clark Botanic Garden with the new quieter equipment.