| Developer delivers
on his promise, provides parkland track to Carmel
The Journal News
December 18, 1999
37-Acre site could include football-soccer fields,
baseball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts
Carmel - Now that developer Paul Camarda has secured
the necessary approvals for a 71-home subdivision off
Seminary Hill Road, he has made good on a promise to
give the town 37 acres for recreational use.
"When I gave my word, I knew I would come to the
plate, and now's the time," Camarda said.
At a meeting with town parks and recreation commissioners
on Thursday, he unveiled his suggestion for the site:
three football-soccer fields, three baseball-softball
diamonds and three tennis courts, along with two basketball
courts, a roller hockey field, playground, picnic area,
restrooms, parking and a gazebo.
"We'll try to squeeze t he most out of the parkland,"
said Richard Gennaro, the town's recreation supervisor.
He hopes to begin clearing the site in the spring and
have some of the amenities completed by late summer.
It would be the first athletic field complex in the
hamlet run by the town government. There are two others
in Mahopac. With few town fields, many sports activities
were forced outside the hamlet of Carmel.
"This park is about progress. Recreation is a
top concern for families, and Paul is helping us address
the issue," said Mary Ellen Odell, president of
the Carmel Sports Association, who approached Camarda
four years ago about giving the land to the town.
"The town is in dire need of fields, and this
is a tremendous gift," said town Supervisor Frank
The developer, said Del Campo, has paid Carmel the
required $213,000 recreation fees due on his 71-home
subdivision, along with offering to build an access
road to the park from Seminary Hill Road, help clear
the land and bring town water and sewer lines to the
park from his development.
Camarda is set to have Wyndham Homes of Carmel begin
building the four- and five-bedroom homes in the new
development, called Willow Ridge.
The park, he said, will benefit all residents of Carmel
and further enhance the value of his homes.
His other proposed projects in Carmel - a corporate
park and a housing development near Centennial Ridge
Golf Club - do not include any park provisions.
The park will be named the Paul A. Camarda Park in
honor of the developer's father, who lives on Long Island.
"My dad has been an inspiration to me," said
Camarda. "He's incredibly supportive and critical
- just the right blend."