Celebrating the official opening of the Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse, Millie Radonjic at the podium

New Rochelle suffered a terrible loss several years ago when the much-beloved Wildcliff mansion was destroyed by fire.  Now, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a new and spectacular public space has taken shape.  The mansion itself has been repurposed for open air events, with its original walls preserved, and across a landscaped lawn is a beautiful new greenhouse.  Both overlook a breathtaking vista of Long Island Sound.  I have little doubt that, in the years ahead, this will become one of New Rochelle’s signature locations.

Achieving this dramatic transformation involved true collaboration between government, community leaders, and volunteers, including generous support from our State legislators.  But the chief credit goes to Millie Radonjic, the dynamo behind the Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse and a true force of nature.  Congratulations to all involved in this special achievement.

UPDATE:  Here’s a great article, with much more detail about the project.