Floral Park Conservation Society
The Floral Park Conservation Society (FPCS) was formed by a group of interested community members. We gathered as a non-profit organization to provide valuable services to the community. Our beginning meetings were held at the old storm basin. Since that time, the FPCS received the 501(c)(3) non-profit statuses through the Internal Revenue Service. This allows us donors to deduct contributions to the FPCS from their taxes annually. Dedicated FPCS members dedicate over 3000 hours of labor in the last 18 months. This began the long, arduous process of transforming the barren lands into a bird sanctuary and landmark garden for our community.
When the Village completed the critical task of locating a new more decorative fence 20-feef closer to the curb and removing the chain link fence, the FPCS began moved forward by 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 new perimeter path.
- The Village’s Public Works crew constructed the ½ mile pathway adjacent to the fence for walking and jogging. The pathway will be the site of extensive and diverse plantings in the coming years starting this fall.
- 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.
We at the Floral Park Conservation Society invite you to join us!
If you are an expert at gardening or barely know anything about birds or, come join us as we have a spot for you within the Floral Park Conservation Society. We are calling all people with a trade, a unique vocation, and all types of workers willing to lend a hand. Those of us with a critical eye and good ideas are welcome too. Anyone who truly cares to make a difference, should volunteer. Do take a moment to review the information that follows and consider being a part of this evolving group of community enthusiast.