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Aftermath Of Pool Pavilion Fire Tops Briarcliff Manager's Report

Briarcliff Village Manager Philip Zegarelli says that local officials are searching for the cause of the pool pavilion fire at Law Memorial Park. The village hopes to re-open the facility by Memorial Day.
Briarcliff Village Manager Philip Zegarelli says that local officials are searching for the cause of the pool pavilion fire at Law Memorial Park. The village hopes to re-open the facility by Memorial Day. Photo Credit: File

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- Briarcliff officials are working to determine the cause of an intense fire that destroyed the village’s pool pavilion, according to Village Manager Philip E. Zegarelli’s latest report.

The two-story structure in Law Memorial Park on Pleasantville Road is considered to be the hub of the village.

The pavilion is likely a total loss, Zegarelli said. A pool, tennis courts, an ice-skating rink, and other amenities, are located at the park.

The village is committed to rebuilding the facility by Memorial Day, he said.

Meanwhile, it is taking steps to secure and clean up the site.

Zegarelli said the pool is being drained and will be immediately cleaned and re-filled.

Con Ed crews have cut electricity to the park while damage assessments are being made. The village hopes to re-establish lighting at the tennis courts and around the library soon, he said in his report. The village hopes to have the playground and courts re-opened as soon as possible, he said.

The village will relocate the ice skating rink to the Youth Center -- perhaps permanently, Zegarelli said.

The village’s Recreation Committee is holding an emergency meeting in January. Residents are invited to attend and to make suggestions about how they would like the new pavilion to look. Zegarelli said the dates of any meetings will be announced as soon as they are set.

Zegarelli, in his report, thanked fire and ambulance crews who responded to the blaze, mentioning local volunteers and the companies that offered mutual aid: Pleasantville, Chappaqua, Croton, Millwood, and Ossining.

Zegarelli also praised local police, the Westchester County Arson Bureau, and other county agency support, for their “great cooperation and assistance.”

In other village news:

  • Pocket Park Parking Lot work: The village has managed to keep the south side of the parking lot open while contractors are cleaning up the site. The contaminated area under the parking lot, Zegarelli said, has been tested and cleared for full remediation and the “crater” is in the process of being refilled and compressed. The village hopes to re-open the lot shortly, but full restoration will not be complete until this coming spring.
  • Garbage/Recycling: On Wednesday, Dec. 23. the village will maintain its full pick-up and recycling routine for the WEST side. However, due to expected high volumes, those who have a regular Thursday garbage pick-up, will have their garbage picked up a day earlier on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Friday’s garbage will be picked up on Thursday, Dec. 24. The DPW will closed on Friday, Dec. 25. There will be no leaf pick-up this weekend; bulk pick-ups end when the current third and last leaf lap finishes.

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