Town Of Richmond
 Project Information: Sandy Bottom Park Management 

Project Information: Sandy Bottom Park Management

Notice: Sandy Bottom Nature Trail Closed For Stream Bank Stabilization

As of May 1, 2019, portions of the Sandy Bottom Park Nature Trail adjacent to Mill Creek are closed until further notice to allow for a streambank stabilization and habitat restoration project being done in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ontario County Soil & Water Conservation District. THE PUBLIC MUST STAY OUT OF THE WORK AREA WHILE THE PROJECT IS UNDERWAY. Surveying for the project is slated to begin in early May, and the first phase of the project is targeted to be complete by the beginning of June. Please be on the lookout for equipment and workers, and follow any signs posted for your safety.



Learn more about the Mill Creek streambank stabilization project.



Multi-Year Forest Management Program at Sandy Bottom Park

February 19, 2019 - Due to an ash borer beetle infestation, the Town of Richmond has embarked on a multi-year forestry management program within Sandy Bottom Park. In the first phase of the program, large ash trees that pose a risk to the walking public and park infrastructure were removed and sent to salvage sale.

Logging can be a messy operation, and community members should be aware that restoring the forest will be an ongoing process for at least the next three years. With the support of Richmond’s Parks and Recreation Committee and Friends of Sandy Bottom Park, the Town has secured a Trees for Tributaries Grant to replant Sandy Bottom Park with native species. Planned planting dates are:

Arbor Day: April 26, 2019

Love Your Park Day: May 4, 2019

National Trails Day: June 1, 2019

Make a Difference Day: October 26, 2019

The forest is being managed in accordance with a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Stewardship Plan for Sandy Bottom Park. Following a Forest Stewardship Plan has multiple added benefits for optimizing forest health, wildlife, recreation, and aesthetics within Sandy Bottom Park.

It is the desire of the Town of Richmond to keep Sandy Bottom Park safe for its residents and visitors, and to protect existing park infrastructure. To get the latest park updates and forthcoming information on volunteer opportunities, including tree replanting days, we invite you to follow Town of Richmond and Friends of Sandy Bottom Park on Facebook. You may also sign up for emails from the Town of Richmond.




 In the News

Read more about work underway at Sandy Bottom, and management of trees affected by the emerald ash borer.


Messenger Post: Big Move Afoot to Save Honeoye Park
Watertown Daily Times: Emerald Ash Borer Threat is Real
 Democrat & Chronicle: Dead Ash Trees are a Growing Hazard
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: Emerald Ash Borer