Bay Shore Beautification Society members complete welcome garden at the Union Avenue train station entrance
The Bay Shore Long Island Rail Road station parking lot sees its fair share of traffic from motorists and pedestrians. The Bay Shore Beautification Society knows that and began planting welcome gardens abutting both entrances nine years ago. Since then, Islip Town installed sprinklers last year and the society has been able to secure enough funding to finish both gardens.
“We envisioned this project years ago and installed the water for sprinklers over five years ago,” said Mary Louise Cohen, a member of the beautification society.
Cohen doled particular recognition to members Tina and Greg Moran, who have ultimately taken the reins on the garden project at the train station.
“It is about keeping pride in an area,” Tina Moran said, adding that the garden abutting the other entrance to the train station will be completed in about one week. “We have the community getting really excited about this.”
Although it is the society’s obligation to fund the gardens, Moran and her husband Greg have taken on all the planting, mulching and other relevant preparation. Through nonprofit Keep Islip Clean, the Morans adopted the spot, vowing to maintain the garden.
Moran said they compiled the garden with indigenous plants of Fire Island to increase connection with those visiting Bay Shore and associate the area with its proximity to Fire Island.
The beautification society, which is a subcommittee of the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Summit Council, is responsible for a slew of projects across Bay Shore, including the planting and maintenance at the various public gardens, displaying flower baskets along Main Street, side streets and the train station, and decorating the town with over 500 wreaths during the holiday season. The society is also responsible for hosting a number of events, including Light the Night, Winter Fest at Dr. King’s Park and the Pumpkin Fest at Sagtikos Manor.