Entergy helps to keep Kensico Dam green

As part of an ongoing revitalization of Kensico Dam Plaza, and because of the generosity of Entergy, 17 new trees have taken their places along the promenade that surrounds the park’s wide lawn.

County Executive Robert Astorino, Friends of Westchester County Parks Chair Liz Bracken and Acting Parks Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor were on hand at a ceremony to accept the gift from Fred Dacimo of Entergy.


“I am grateful to Entergy for this gift, and I speak on behalf of the thousands of people who come here every year, in all kinds of weather, to get some exercise and fresh air, to enjoy a special event, to see the September 11th memorial or just to relax,” Astorino said. “I also want to acknowledge the work of Friends of Parks for bringing the county and Entergy together for this important initiative.”

Dacimo, Entergy’s vice president for license renewal, said, “On behalf of the 1,100 employees at the Indian Point Energy Center, Entergy is pleased to fund this planting that will help revitalize Kensico Dam Plaza. Together with Friends of Parks and the Westchester County Parks department, our company is happy to be a part of this project, which preserves and enhances Westchester’s green space.”

Bracken-Thompson said, “What better way to channel this generous donation than to plant trees that will be enjoyed by so many of us who currently use the plaza and by generations that will come after us. It is a lasting gift, and I am so happy that the Friends are a part of it.”

Acting County Parks Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor said that a number of Norway maples were removed from the site last March because they were weakened by disease, old age and urban stresses, including air pollution and root compaction. Tree monoculture, or planting all one type of tree in this spot decades ago, actually fostered the spread of diseases and pests that undermined the Norway maples. The new trees were selected based on their ability to thrive at the site. They are native species, disease-resistant and hardy for this type of urban use. A diversity of trees species helps prevent the widespread transmission of diseases and pests and strengthens the entire population of trees.

The re-planting program is funded by a $10,000 donation from Entergy to the Friends of Westchester County Parks. The trees to be planted include three Autumn Flame red maples, five Legacy sugar maples, five Red oaks and four Shumard oaks.