As people get back to their fall schedules, be sure to commemorate important events or beloved people by ordering a Plaque, Bridebrook Bench, or Tree, offered by the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation and the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Dept. Why wait until December? Think ahead to the gifts you would like to make. Order now to join the over 2,000 people who have sponsored a plaque on the Niantic Boardwalk.
There are stories behind every engraved plaque on the Boardwalk. The engravings celebrate weddings, anniversaries, births, death, graduations and cherished summer visits.
For a $100 tax-deductible contribution, become part of this permanent history by sponsoring a plaque with your own personal message. Don’t miss this opportunity to tell your unique story.
In addition, The East Lyme Public Trust Foundation is again offering sponsorships of benches- this time located at Samuel Peretz Sports Complex at Bridebrook Park. It is at this park where generations of children have learned to play Soccer, Lacrosse, Baseball, Pickle ball and Softball. Twenty benches, the same as those on the Niantic Bay Boardwalk, will be placed, for $800 each, along the walking path surrounding the Samuel Peretz Sports Complex.
Finally, the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation, through its Program- The Promise of Tomorrow’s Trees-has planted many new trees throughout town.
Since the program began in 2015, 49 trees have been planted. At Cini Park there are 5 Crabapples. McCook Park has 8 Oaks, Beech, Sycamore, and Maples and also 5 Princess Dogwoods. Bridebrook Park has 5 Sugar Maples, with room for about 5 more. Smith Harris House has 2 Apple; Samuel Smith House has 3 apple trees. The East Lyme Library has 1 Apple and 1 Dogwood tree. Also at McCook Park is Cherry Lane, along Columbus Ave., with 10 Kwanza Cherry Trees. The McCook Park Statue Area has 2 Red Maples. Niantic Center School has 2 Red Maples and 2 Red Oaks. Flanders School has 1 Dogwood, with room for 2-3 more and Hole in the Wall has 1 Crab Apple.
Maple trees can still be purchased at Bridebrook Park and Dogwood trees at Flanders School. A contribution of $600 for a tree will cover the cost of the tree, the planting, an 8”x4” plaque, a base, and a water bag to assist in the stabilization of the tree. Planting will take place the spring of 2023. Since the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation is a non-profit 401c, contributions are tax deductible.
Ordering Plaques, Bridebrook Benches or Trees is easy. Go to our website: PublicTrustFoundation.org.
At the top of the page, click on Donations/Applications.
The applications for all three items can be found there.
All funds raised by the sponsorship of Plaques, Bridebrook Benches, or Trees are used to contribute to the maintenance of the Boardwalk and to other Foundation projects.